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Martin's big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ... and more stories from the African-American tradition

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[United States] : Marketed and distributed in the U.S. by New Video Group, c2005.


DVD format.

Not rated, but recommended for ages 4-12.

Special features: Includes 2 bonus stories: "Ella Fitzgerald: the tale of a vocal virtuosa" and "Duke Ellington" by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

Rich in culture and history, the pride of the African-American tradition comes alive in these award-winning stories. This collection includes: Martin's big words, John Henry, and Seven candles for Kwanzaa.

Martin's big words: Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes to life in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one's heart.

John Henry: Based on the famous African-American folk ballad, this story tells of the legendary contest between a spirited man with a hammer and a steam drill to build a tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.

Seven candles for Kwanzaa: This unique African-American holiday commemorates the strength of family ties, respect for ancestors, commitment to the growth of community, and gratitude for life's bounties.

Ella Fitzgerald, the tale of a vocal virtuosa: A biography of the celebrated jazz singer, known especially for her scat singing and "songbook" recordings of the works of many major American composers.

Duke Ellington: A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.


  • Martin's big words / Doreen Rappaport ; illustrated by Bryan Collier ; narrated by Michael Clarke Duncan
  • John Henry / Julius Lester ; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney ; narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
  • Seven candles for Kwanzaa / Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney ; narrated by Alfre Woodard.
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