Martin Luther King Jr. 'I Have a Dream' speech illustrated

January 21, 2013 8:31:36 AM PST
This year marks 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, and illustrator Kadir Nelson is keeping it alive for current and future generations.

You can meet Nelson Monday at the Oak Park main library and Tuesday in Naperville.

Oak Park Library
January 21, 7pm
843 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
Call Magic Tree Books at:
(708) 848-0770

Anderson's Bookshop
January 22, 7pm
123 W. Jefferson, Naperville, IL
(630) 355-2665


RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN'S BOOKS PUBLISHES THE NEW DEFINITIVE ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.'s ICONIC 'I HAVE A DREAM' SPEECH CD of King's original speech included with stunning picture book by Caldecott Honor-winner Kadir Nelson

Book and CD Package as well as Read & Listen ebook edition offer unique and immersive reading experience Random House Children's Books ( announces the publication of the highly anticipated picture book, I HAVE A DREAM, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s celebrated speech illustrated with exquisite paintings by celebrated artist and Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson (On sale October 9, 2012 / $18.99). Published by the Schwartz & Wade Books imprint, the package includes an audio CD of King's original speech as given on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington.

"My father's dream continues to live on from generation to generation," said Dr. Bernice A. King. "This beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing "I Have a Dream" speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us-those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone."

Nelson's oil paintings magnificently capture the power and emotion of Dr. King's words, resulting in a poignant depiction of that memorable occasion.

Publishers Weekly raves in a starred review, "There's something exhilarating about viewing Nelson's paintings of Dr. King and the March on Washington while reading the words of the speech King gave that day; it's hard to imagine a better representation of their historical significance."

Nelson selected the most iconic passage of Dr. King's speech to illustrate in I HAVE A DREAM. The full text is provided at the end of the book.

I HAVE A DREAM will join Dr. King's legacy and help lay the groundwork for teaching a new generation of young children about one of our nation's most celebrated historical figures.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of MLK JR.'s iconic speech on August 28, 2013, I HAVE A DREAM will be part of conversations throughout 2013 at multiple milestones leading up to it, including King's birthday in January; Black History Month in February and the Letter from Birmingham Jail anniversary in April.

Random House will simultaneously release a Read & Listen ebook edition that gives readers the unique experience of listening to Dr. King's inspiring voice while reading along and following Nelson's exquisite illustrations.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was a clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Prize for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination through nonviolent means.

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KADIR NELSON is the acclaimed illustrator of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, both Caldecott Honor books. His other titles include We Are the Ship, a Robert F. Sibert Medal winner and Coretta Scott King Award recipient, and Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans.