A PLACE TO LAND: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND THE SPEECH…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No, he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. “It’s terrible to be circling up there without a place to land.”

Finding this place to land was what Martin Luther King, Jr. struggled with, alongside advisors and fellow speech writers, in the Willard Hotel the night before the March on Washington, where he gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. But those famous words were never intended to be heard on that day, not even written down for that day, not even once.

Barry Wittenstein teams up with legendary illustrator Jerry Pinkney to tell the story of how, against all odds, Martin found his place to land.

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Weight 20 oz
Dimensions 11.1 × 10.2 × .5 in
Author(s)Barry Wittenstein, Jerry Pinckney (Illustrator)
Publisher(s)Neal Porter Books
CoverHard Cover
Year of Publication2019