A Place to Land

By Barry Wittenstein
Illustrators Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher Holiday House Imprint Holiday House ISBN


Awards and Honors 2020 Orbis Pictus Award Winner
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
SLJ Best Books - 2019
Horn Book Fanfare - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
The Nonfiction Detectives Best Nonfiction Books - 2019

A Place to Land

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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.

Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Information about the Willard Hotel advisors and other March on Washington figures. Sources. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.
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