Martin & Mahalia

Martin & Mahalia

His Words, Her Song

By Andrea Davis Pinkney; Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316070133, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 30, 2013


"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. Told through Andrea Davis Pinkney's poetic prose and Brian Pinkney's evocative illustration, the stories of these two powerful voices and lives are told side-by-side -- as they would one day walk -- following the journey from their youth to a culmination at this historical event when they united as one and inspiring kids to find their own voices and speak up for what is right.

About the Author
Andrea Davis Pinkney is the "New York Times" best-selling author of several books for young readers, including the novel "Bird in a Box", a Today Show Al Roker Book Club for Kids pick, and "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, "winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Additional works include the" "Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book "Duke Ellington, " illustrated by her husband, Brian Pinkney; and "Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, " a Coretta Scott King Honor book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award. Andrea Davis Pinkney lives in New York City.

BRIAN PINKNEY is a celebrated picture-book illustrator who has won two Caldecott Honors. His many professional tributes also include the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and three Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors. He has collaborated with his wife, author Andrea Davis Pinkney, on several picture books including Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra and Sleeping Cutie. The Pinkneys live in Brooklyn, New York.