Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'round My Story of the Making of Martin Luther King Day

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This brilliant memoir-in-verse tells the moving story of how a nation learned to celebrate a hero. Through years of protests and petition, Kathlyn's story highlights the foot soldiers who fought to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday.

Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round is a deeply moving middle grade memoir about what it means to be an everyday activist and foot solider for racial justice, as Kathlyn recounts how, drawn to activism from childhood, she went from attending protests as a teenager to fighting for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday to become a national holiday as an adult. A blueprint for kids starting down their own paths to civic awareness, it shows life beyond protests and details the sustained time, passion, and energy it takes to turn an idea into a law.

Deftly weaving together monumental historical events with a heartfelt coming-of-age story and in-depth information on law making, Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round is the perfect engaging example of how history can help inform the present. ---from the publisher

128 pages                                              978-0358387268                                 Ages 8-12

Keywords:  Martin Luther King Day, memoir, social activist, African American and Black nonfiction, holiday, American history, heroes, civil rights, role of the individual, power of the individual, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, nonfiction in verse, Social Studies Curriculum

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