Seven Form of Bias in My Brother Martin: a Multicultural Book Review

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Farris, C., & Soentpiet, C. (2006). My brother Martin: A sister remembers growing up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks. Children’s Book Evaluation My Brother Martin is a biography written by Christine King Farris. In this picture book, Farris, shares her memories of growing up with the famous Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. In an introduction the author explains that she knew her famous sibling long before he was famous. The book then gives an accounting of their happy childhood and is realistically illustrated by Chris Soentpiet’s paintings. Every year, for the past five years, I have used of My Brother Martin in my classroom to teach the biography genre and to help my students learn more about the Rev. King. I like this book because it shows that he grew up a normal kid like many of my students. When given the assignment to review a book, I wanted to evaluate My Brother Martin since it is a favorite of mine to use with my students. In Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives, the authors, Banks and Banks (2013), “list seven forms of gender bias that you can use when evaluating instructional materials” (p. 121). The seven forms are used to help identify gender and race prejudices that are found in today’s text books and literature. It is through evaluating the book My Brother Martin for these seven forms of bias I will be able to prepare myself and my classroom for creating a gender and race fair classroom environment. Invisibility Bias The first form of bias they discuss is the invisibility bias. With this form of bias books will often “omit African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans” (Banks & Banks, 2013, p. 113). In My Brother Martin, the author created a story where the main characters are an African American family. It doesn't illustrate any other cultures other than the

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