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Reviews of Martin’s Dream Day

“The author of numerous celebrity biographies, Kelley ventures into children’s books with this photographic account of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The mostly black-and-white photos—many of which were published for the first time in Kelley and the late Tretick’s Let Freedom Ring (2013)—include dense crowd scenes that give a strong sense of the scale of the march, as well as close-up images of a passionate King, civil rights activists, and a meeting between King and President Kennedy…. Kelley succinctly guides readers through highlights of the civil rights movement leading up to and following King’s speech…. Tretick’s singular photographs deliver a striking perspective on a momentous event in the ongoing quest for equality in America.”

Publishers Weekly
October 2016

“The text provides historical context and repeatedly describes the number of people who came to the Washington Mall, but the period black-and-white photos truly capture the sheer masses, from perspiring figures in suits and ties to those dangling their feet in the reflecting pond…. This is a refreshing way to look at an iconic event from American history and should have broad appeal.”

Kathleen McBrown
November 1, 2016

“This photographic journey chronicles the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Tretick’s photos, many of which were taken during the actual march, are a display of the expression and energy of the event and the people who attended…. A powerful addition to school libraries for read-alouds and discussions on U.S. history and the civil rights movement.”

April Sanders
School Library Journal
December 2016

“It was half a century ago, so most readers will not know firsthand about the extraordinary moment in history explored in Kitty Kelley’s new book, Martin’s Dream Day. Those of us who were there will recall our experiences, but gifting this colorful book to our grandkids will portray for them what we know from our memories….  Kelley and Tretick’s Martin’s Dream Day will touch people who were there and inform those who weren’t, especially the young readers for whom Kelley created this photographic history.”

Ronald Goldfarb
Washington Independent Review of Books
January 13, 2017

”Tretick’s photos are awe-inspiring, from white people and black people with pants rolled up cooling their feet in the Reflecting Pool to many dressed like they were going to church. Magical, up close, rare photographs of King, JFK and faces in the crowd, coupled with Kelley’s exciting writing, will make young readers feel like they’re there, listening to ‘I Have a Dream’ in August, nearly 54 years ago.”

Lee Littlewood
January 28, 2017

In her new book Martin’s Dream Day, author and journalist Kitty Kelley shares the story of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. At that event, held on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech….  Martin’s Dream Day transports readers to the march, which took place in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The book is filled with pictures of the march taken by the late news photographer Stanley Tretick.”

Melanie Kletter
Time for Kids
January 27, 2017

“The book is filled with news photographer Stanley Tretick’s color and black-and-white pictures of the March. ‘I hope kids who read this book will better understand Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and be able to dream themselves,’ Kelley told [an interviewer]. ‘That’s what Martin Luther King Jr. had in mind for all children.’”

Patricia C. McKissack
February 6, 2017


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