Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Title

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Illustrator

R. Gregory Christie

Publisher

Calkins Creek

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781629797182

Pages

40 pages

Genre

historical

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

This historical fiction picture book presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson through prose and poetry. In 1968 she witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final stand for justice before his assassination--when her father, a sanitation worker, participated in the protest.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

800L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Poverty; Race discrimination; financial hardship; racism; prejudice; marginalized group of people

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Black (African American)

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2018, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Coretta Scott King Book Award, 2019, Honor, Illustrator
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2018
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2018 NonFiction-Middle Readers
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2018
Lasting Connections, 2018 Social Studies
Notable Children's Books, 2019 Middle Readers
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2019 Grades 3-5

Keywords

strikes; protests; Martin Luther King Jr.; struggle; courage; Memphis; violence; death; dreams; sanitation workers

Diversity Impact

direct

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

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