Before the Book Bus arrived, the students were treated to a Reading Timeout with Thunder broadcast analyst Michael Cage. In honor of the upcoming MLK holiday, and the school bearing the name of the great civil rights activist, the book of choice was Be a King by Carole Boston Weatherford.
All eyes were locked on Cage as he navigated his way through the story while peppering in valuable life lessons and experiences throughout the read-a-loud. For instance, Cage was six years old when King was assassinated. Even more, he lived only 10 miles from the spot where he was killed in Memphis, Tennessee.
“It’s always nice when we have visitors who can come in and share their experiences and backgrounds and really connect it and make it meaningful for kids,” said Jessica Johnson, assistant principle at Martin Luther King Elementary.