MLK Day with Claire Rudolf Murphy|Martin and Bobby

Please join us and local high school students for a special author event with Claire Rudolf Murphy, discussing her new book for young people, Martin and Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice. The first 30 minutes will feature a presentation and reading from Martin and Bobby: A Journey to Justice. The author will discuss the powerful relationship and inspirational leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Bobby Kennedy and their ability to engage with young Americans in 1968, a very difficult time in our country. The second half hour will feature a panel of young leaders from Moscow High School who will discuss what King and Kennedy mean to them and then share what leadership means to them and what is needed from our national officials and young Americans involved in protest movements today.

Emma Seckington founded Students Advocating for Gender Equality at Moscow High School and is very passionate about Feminist and LGBTQ+ issues.

Nicole Xiao is a freshman at Moscow High School. Her parents’ Chinese heritage has given her insights on civil rights.

Defne Yuksel, a freshman at Moscow High School, supports her community and peers through a variety of volunteer activities and leadership work. Her goal is to be a lawyer one day. She currently represents the Gritman Medical Center Junior Volunteer program as vice president, and serves as the MHS Class of 2022’s Associative Student Body president. Last spring Defne helped plan the Moscow Middle School gun control walkout after the Parkland shooting.

Quentin Berkompas, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Associated Students of Washingston State University, will serve as panel moderator.

Claire is the author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including Marching With Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Rights,My Country Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Martin and Bobby: A Journey to Justice is her 18thbook. She began her writing career in Alaska, where she lived for twenty-four years. Today she lives and writes in her hometown of Spokane, Washington. Since 2008 she has taught in Hamline University‘s low residency Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) graduate program. Recent events have renewed her deep-seated passion for political activism. She enjoys music and outdoor activities with her husband, two grown children and their spouses, and grandson in Seattle.


Event date: 
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
521 S. Main
Moscow, ID 83843
Martin and Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641600101
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to Confirm
Published: Chicago Review Press - October 2nd, 2018

Martin and Bobby follows the lives, words, and final days of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Initially wary of one another, their relationship evolved from challenging and testing each other to finally “arriving in the same place” as allies fighting poverty and racism.

Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781561459797
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Call to Confirm
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 2017

An inspiring story of the fight for women's suffrage, based on the experiences of a real girl