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Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

By Andrea Davis Pinkney (Hardcover Book, 2013)

They were each born with the gift of gospel.

Martin's voice kept people in their seats, but also sent their praises soaring.
Mahalia's voice was brass-and-butter - strong and smooth at the same time.

With Martin's sermons and Mahalia's songs, folks were free to shout, to sing their joy.


On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and his strong voice and powerful message were joined and lifted in song by world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It was a moment that changed the course of history and is imprinted in minds forever. Told through Andrea Davis Pinkney's poetic prose and Brian Pinkney's evocative illustration, the stories of these two powerful voices and lives are told side-by-side -- as they would one day walk -- following the journey from their youth to a culmination at this historical event when they united as one and inspiring kids to find their own voices and speak up for what is right.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $17.99 US/$19.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316070133

    • On Sale Date: 07/30/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Electronic Book

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They were each born with the gift of gospel.

Martin's voice kept people in their seats, but also sent their praises soaring.
Mahalia's voice was brass-and-butter - strong and smooth at the same time.

With Martin's sermons and Mahalia's songs, folks were free to shout, to sing their joy.


On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and his strong voice and powerful message were joined and lifted in song by world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It was a moment that changed the course of history and is imprinted in minds forever. Told through Andrea Davis Pinkney's poetic prose and Brian Pinkney's evocative illustration, the stories of these two powerful voices and lives are told side-by-side -- as they would one day walk -- following the journey from their youth to a culmination at this historical event when they united as one and inspiring kids to find their own voices and speak up for what is right.

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the author of many acclaimed picture books and young adult novels, and she received a Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor for Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. She is a children's book editor at a major publishing company.

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor books, and he has written and illustrated several of his own books. Brian has received the Coretta Scott King Book Award for Illustration and three Coretta Scott King Book Award Honor medals.

Andrea and Brian are a husband-and-wife team who live with their children in New York City.
  • Praise for Sit-In:
    *"Through effectively chosen words, Andrea Pinkney brings understanding and meaning to what four black college students accomplished on February 1, 1960....With swirling swabs of color that masterfully intertwine with sometimes thin, sometimes thick lines, Brian Pinkney cleverly centers the action and brings immediacy to the pages." -SLJ (starred review)

    A New York Times bestseller
    Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction
    Carter G. Woodson Award
    A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

    Praise for Duke Ellington:

    * "The husband-and-wife team captures the spirit of an individual, an era and a musical style." - PW (starred review)

    "Brian Pinkney's ... paintings are a harmonious complement to Andrea Pinkney's text ...  It is the blending of words, symbols, and pictures that bring this subject to life." - SLJ

    A Caldecott Honor Book.

    A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

    Praise for Boycott Blues
    "Color and movement are vibrant components in this extraordinary book about Rosa Parks's efforts to take down Jim Crow. Text and illustration work in perfect sync.... Children unfamiliar with the historic events of the period will find the tale uplifting and memorable, and for librarians, teachers, and parents, this story will read aloud well, mesmerizing listeners." - SLJ

    A Parents' Choice Recommended Book.

  • Praise for Martin & Mahalia:


    One of School Library Journal's Best Books of the year
    A Booklist Editor's Choice selection
    An NCTE Notable book
    An ALSC Notable book

  • "[A] colorful, inspirational resource." 

  • "Sure to become an indispensable part of annual Black History Month celebrations and library nonfiction collections on important African-Americans." (


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  • "This fascinating new lens for children on the often-depicted "Dream" speech during the March on Washington reveals how Jackson's powerful voice stilled the crowds for King's... Historical context and artistic inspirations wrap up this informative approach to the two icons and the effect of their partnership on history."

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Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
  • Pages: 40
  • Physical Dimensions: 12" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316070133
  • On Sale Date: 07/30/2013
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song