Martin & Mahalia

Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

They were each born with the gift of gospel.

Martin's voice kept people in their seats, but also sent their praises soaring. Mahalia's voice was brass-and-butter - strong and smooth at the same time.

With Martin's sermons and Mahalia's songs, folks were free to shout, to sing their joy.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and his strong voice and powerful message were joined and lifted in song by world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It was a moment that changed the course of history and is imprinted in minds forever.

Age Range 6 - 10 years
Copyright Year
Page Count
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Grade Level 1st - 5th
Lexile AD650L