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Young Martin's Promise
A Note From Alex Haley, General Editor
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me. You've heard that one before, haven't you? If you have, you know it's only half true. Sticks and stones may break your bones. Words, though, can and do harm you, too.
Rules are made up of words. Rules can do a lot of harm if they're unfair. They can even take away your freedom. And there isn't a greater harm than that in the world.
This is a story about a young boy who felt the pain of unfair rules. It is a story about how he learned that you can change what is wrong. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
Young Martin's Promise • Reviews
"Young Martin's Promise is about how a little boy responded to injustice with love. It can precipitate a nice discussion among preschoolers to second-graders about choices and how to react when things are truly unfair. I think this book is easy for little ones to relate to, especially if this is the first they've heard of Martin Luther King, Jr." - Boise, Idaho.
"As a child, young Martin Luther King, Jr., is hurt and saddened by rules separating black children from white children. With dignity and courage, he determines to fight segregation, making it the cause of his life's work." - Cambium Learning.
"This book focuses on two incidents that seem to have influenced Martin Luther King, Jr., in his adult life and work. The first involved white neighborhood children who were forbidden to play with him after they began to attend different schools. The second occurred when he and his father were asked to move to the rear of a shoe store to obtain service. After King's parents explained that these inequities were caused by segregation, he promised to work to change the laws." - School Library Journal.
"The emphasis on relevance to the child reader, evident by the focus on childhood incidents, the identification of the changes in education which Martin Luther King, Jr., brought about, and a statement of our nation's reason for celebrating his birthday add to the strengths of the text. A weakness exists in the abrupt jump from King's childhood experiences to his civil-rights work; nevertheless, this is a good primer." - Horn Book Review.
"Young Martin's Promise relates the events in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, childhood, which sowed the seeds for his activism for equal rights for people, regardless of their color." - Publisher Comments.