Annotations for Time to Break Silence : The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students

Baker & Taylor
Presents Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most important writings and speeches--carefully selected by educators across a variety of disciplines--in an accessible, user-friendly volume that includes 19 selections, with an introduction by the award-winning author who is also serving as the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Simultaneous.

Book News
This collection of 18 speeches and essays is designed for accessibility for a broad range of students, with larger type and a ten-page glossary of organizations, people, movements, and basic terms like 'oppression' and 'segregation.' The book's introduction gives political and social context. Each reading is followed by reflection questions that progress from simple to more difficult, offering choices for most levels. The readings are grouped in six themes, such as nonviolent resistance and young people working for justice, and include well-known as well as less familiar pieces, such as a speech to high school students. Each reading is preceded by a brief intro giving historical context. A website offers a teacher's guide and curriculum created by Stanford University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. Editor Walter Dean Meyers is a children's author. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Random House, Inc.
The first collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential writings for high school students and young people--with eighteen selections including "I Have a Dream," "Letter from Birmingham Jail," and "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?"

"[Students] are in reality standing up for the best in the American dream. . . . One day historians will record this student movement as one of the most significant epics of our heritage."
--from "The Time for Freedom Has Come"

A Time to Break Silence presents the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most important writings and speeches--carefully selected by teachers across a variety of disciplines--in an accessible and user-friendly volume for students. Arranged thematically in six parts, the collection includes eighteen selections and is introduced by award-winning author Walter Dean Myers. Included are some of Dr. King's most well-known and frequently taught classic works, like "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and "I Have a Dream," as well as lesser-known pieces such as "The Sword that Heals" and "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?," which speak to issues young people face today.

Teachers guide and companion curriculum developed by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University available online through