Martin & Mahalia
His Words, Her Song
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
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"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.
Acclaimed artist Brian Pinkney is the illustrator of several highly-praised picture books including "The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums", and "Duke Ellington". He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Andrea, with whom he often collaborates, and his two children. His and Andrea's latest collaboration, "Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down", was on "the New York Times" bestseller list for three weeks.
Brian has won numerous awards including two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. He has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and The Society of Illustrators.
He has been published by Greenwillow Books, Hyperion Books for Young Readers, Harcourt Children's Books, Simon & Schuster, and Random House. His work has also appeared in "New York Times Magazine, Women's Day, Business Tokyo, Ebony Man", and "Instructor".