Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Family Paper Dolls

Name: Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Family Paper Dolls

Illustrated By: Tom Tierney

Published By and When: Dover Publications, Inc., 1993

Sizes: Dr. King is 10 inches. Coretta Scott King’s paper dolls are 9-1/2 inches. The children, Yolanda, Bernice, Dexter, and Martin Luther (“Marty”) King, III are 8-1/2, 7, 7-1/2, and 8 inches, respectively. The book measures 9-1/4 x 12-1/4 inches.

Description: This paper doll book features Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with his wife, Coretta Scott King, and their four children. Included are six dolls and 29 authentic costumes. As described on the back cover, “Among the clothing for the Nobel Peace Prize winner and his wife are the tuxedo and full-length bridal gown worn at their wedding (1953); suits, dresses and casual outfits worn during civil rights-related activities, including Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in Washington (1963) and the Selma-to-Montgomery march (1965); formal attire worn in Stockholm (1964) when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize; Mrs. King’s black suit and veil worn at her husband’s funeral (1968); and more.” Each child has one outfit. Tierney provides an informative introduction on the inside cover which extends to the back inside cover. Each plate is described on the back inside cover.

Other: Marty is incorrectly listed in the book as Martin Luther King, II. Since his grandfather was the senior MLK and his father the junior, he is actually the third Martin Luther King (Martin Luther King, III).



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