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January Staff Book Pick: My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King

January Staff Book Pick: My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King
Laurren Chase

When Ms. Kessack's son was about four years old, she wanted to begin to give him a concrete understanding of social justice and why we call for Black Lives Matter. Diversifying their library at home was tough because he was never much of a reader - break a bibliophile mom's heart! - so she knew she had to choose books that her son could relate to in some way. One book he took to almost immediately was called My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This book is written by Dr. King’s son, Martin Luther King III, and tells the story about growing up with the influential minister as his father. As Ms. Kessack read and reread the book with her son, he was drawn to the familiar aspect of love and reverence for his own father. From peaceful moments at home as a family, to powerful moments as a civil rights leader, they learned about Dr. King through the eyes of his family.

My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a beautiful biography written with love and appreciation for a man whose family gave the world time with. His impact on the civil rights movement was shared in a way that Ms. Kessack's son, at a young age, was able to digest as it humanized a man who has become a giant in so many ways. She was able to introduce the fight to her son with this book, and they continue their conversations about the current fight for civil rights as it is in our present.


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