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

Book News Reviews
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 (

VOYA Reviews 2013 December
A compilation of eighteen inspiring, contemplative writings, this collection inspires readers and teachers to look beyond headlines to an American philosopher-peacemaker whose words and deeds reshaped history. From a personal point of view, writer Walter Dean Myers sets the tone in the introduction by reminding readers of the historical progression from post-slavery lynchings to riots and random bloodshed. He sets in perspective King's nonviolence based on acceptance and Christian forgiveness. Six chapters lead readers through the Detroit freedom march and resistance to the Vietnam War to incarceration in a Birmingham jail and "I Have a Dream," the summation of a generation's hopes. Without letdown, the anthology follows King's train of thought through a church bombing that killed little girls to personal aims that bring out the best in humankind. A glossary of ninety-three terms helps readers up the steep slope to integration and tolerance This is a must-have for middle school, high school, homeschool, and public libraries, as well as on the professional shelves of teachers.--Mary Ellen Snodgrass Glossary. 5Q 4P S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.