August 28, 2013
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream,” speech. In honor of today more than 300 churches, school, and other historical monuments will “let freedom ring,” by ringing their bells at 3pm, the hour MLKJ gave his speech.
MLKJ’s prominent speech has become one of the most famous and influential speeches of our time. Still quoted today, this speech given to over 250,000 citizens called for an end to racism and a need for equality and justice for all. This benchmark event occurred during The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Referred to as one of the most powerful moments in Civil Rights history, we honor those who fought, those who marched, those who supported, those who acted—and of course, we salute MLKJ for his work that changed the course of many lives.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
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In honor of activists, heroes, leaders, and those who fight tirelessly in order to better the futures of the next generation, Triangle Square, imprint of Seven Stories, brings you:
A is for Activist, by Innosanto Nagara (November 5, 2013), an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.
As MLKJ said himself in his speech:
“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand’s of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”
This book brings to life MLKJ life mission of equality, justice, and better times for the future of the world. It is safe to say, Nagara’s children’s book, A is for activist, is helping fulfill MLKJ’s visions and hopes for our country.
A is for Activist uses alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations, which make the book exciting for children, while identifying issues that resonate with their parents’ values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.
“I wish this beautiful and inspiring book was around when my daughter was young, but fortunately there are plenty of cool children around today who will devour what Inno is serving up!”—Dan Zanes, maker of 21st century all-ages music and Grammy Award winning album Catch that Train!
“A is for Activist speaks to the possibilities of change, of proactive parenting, of creating community, and of celebrating our collective histories. This book is rad!”—Tomas Moniz, writer/editor Rad Dad Zine, a zine on radical parenting
“Fun, funny, exquisitely illustrated and brilliantly written with a message that is sure to resonate with kids. May a thousand young activists bloom!”—Medea Benjamin, cofounder of Global Exchange and Code Pink