Synopses & Reviews
and#160; Before the Little Rock Nine, before Rosa Parks, before Martin Luther King Jr. and his March on Washington, there was Barbara Rose Johns, a teenager who used nonviolent civil disobedience to draw attention to her cause. In 1951, witnessing the unfair conditions in her racially segregated high school, Barbara Johns led a walkoutand#151;the first public protest of its kind demanding racial equality in the U.S.and#151;jumpstarting the American civil rights movement. Ridiculed by the white superintendent and school board, local newspapers, and others, and even after a cross was burned on the school grounds, Barbara and her classmates held firm and did not give up. Her schooland#8217;s case went all the way to the Supreme Court and helped end segregation as part of Brown v. Board of Education
Barbara Johns grew up to become a librarian in the Philadelphia school system. The Girl from the Tar Paper School mixes biography with social history and is illustrated with family photos, images of the school and town, and archival documents from classmates and local and national news media. The book includes a civil rights timeline, bibliography, and index.
Praise for The Girl from the Tar Paper School
"An important glimpse into the early civil rights movement."
"Based largely on interviews, memoirs, and other primary source material, and liberally illustrated with photographs, this well-researched slice of civil rights history will reward readers who relish true stories of unsung heroes."
and#151;The Bulletin of The Center for Childrenand#8217;s Books
Coretta Scott KingHonor Winner Tonya Bolden focuses her critical eye on Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the tradition of her award-winning book Maritcha, Tonya Bolden brings words and pictures together to tell the life story of one of Americas greatest figures: Martin Luther King, Jr.or M.L.K. Central to the story is Kings belief that agapethe selfless love for ones neighboris the rope that binds all peoples together. This philosophy came forward in his sermons, in his daily practice, and especially in his support of nonviolent protests.
More than 80 photographs of M.L.K. preaching, leading marches, being arrested, and overcoming the violence and prejudice around him are juxtaposed with images of his wife and family, of his fellow protestors, and of other leaders of the day. A tribute to a great human being, M.L.K. will surely inspire young readers.
Profiles the life and accomplishments of Baptist minister and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Coretta Scott King Honor winner Tonya Bolden focuses her critical eye on Martin Luther King, Jr., bringing words and pictures together to tell the life story of one of America's greatest figures in an inspirational, one-of-a-kind biography. Full color.
Brings words and pictures together to tell the life story of one of America's greatest figures and his important philosophy of selfless love for one's neighbor. 25,000 first printing.
About the Author
and#160; Teri Kanefield
is a lawyer and a writer. She holds an MA in English with an emphasis in fiction writing from the University of California, Davis, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her family in San Francisco, California.