WNY Family Magazine July 2018 - Page 48

PICK OF THE LITERATURE — by Dr. Donna Phillips T his July 4th, as we celebrate another anniversary of the beginning of our great na- tion, we need to reflect on what has made it great. What has sustained us through the years of struggle, disagreement, re- adjustment, reinvention, and growth? It might be best summed up in the selec- tions of the books for this month which represent leadership, sacrifice, determi- nation, differences, and love. It is these qualities of character, in combination or independently, that have provided the in- spiration and action that has changed us for the better and sustained us over the years. Leadership can best be represented by the qualities of the character of Mar- tin Luther King in a stunningly beautiful book written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney. This