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We are the change : words of inspiration from civil rights leaders
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50 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm.
Sonia Sotomayor / John Parra -- Gwendolyn Brooks / Juana Medina -- Dolores Huerta / Raúl the Third -- John Lewis / Dan Santat -- Nina Simone / Shadra Strickland -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Brian Pinkney -- E. B. White / Melissa Sweet -- Queen Lili'uokalani / Emily Hughes -- Frederick Douglass / Lisa Congdon -- Maya Angelou / Sean Qualls -- Khalil Gibran / Innosanto Nagara -- Barack Obama / Christopher Silas Neal -- Helen Keller / Alina Chau -- Maya Angelou / Selina Alko -- Eleanor Roosevelt / Molly Idle -- W. E. B. Du Bois / Greg Pizzoli.
Presents quotes on civil rights from important and influential figures, including Queen Lili'uokalani, John Lewis, Nina Simone, and Barack Obama.


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Sixteen award-winning children's book artists illustrate the civil rights quotations that inspire them in this stirring and beautiful book. Featuring an introduction by Harry Belafonte, words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among others, this inspirational collection sets a powerful example for generations of young leaders to come. It includes illustrations by Selina Alko, Alina Chau, Lisa Congdon, Emily Hughes, Molly Idle, Juana Medina, Innosanto Nagara, Christopher Silas Neal, John Parra, Brian Pinkney, Greg Pizzoli, Sean Qualls, Dan Santat, Shadra Strickland, Melissa Sweet, and Raúl the Third.

Author Notes

Harry Belafonte is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist. He has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1986 and is now the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador for juvenile justice issues.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Featuring quotes from civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, and Dolores Huerta, this collaborative and informational picture book is accompanied by artwork from 16 different artists. Full spreads of quotes accompany illustrations, as well as notes from the illustrator about the speaker. The illustrators have all done a beautiful job incorporating the text into their artwork, and the different styles make for a colorful and varied experience. Each quote and accompanying illustrator's note is short yet powerful. An index with recommended further reading would have been helpful for readers searching for more than just a simple introduction, but the book functions without it. VERDICT As a snapshot of inspiration for social change, this book is recommended for all library nonfiction collections.-Katharine Gatcomb, Portsmouth Public Library, NH © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Inspired by the continuing work of the American Civil Liberties Union" and introduced by singer and activist Harry Belafonte, this volume pairs the works of 16 varied contemporary illustrators with stirring quotations (chosen by those illustrators) by a wide range of historic and living public figures. Each artist also reflects on the personal significance of the quote they've chosen. Juana Medina paints five round, brightly colored smiling faces to accompany the famous lines from Gwendolyn Brooks-"We are each other's harvest" -and writes that Brooks's words "fill me with eagerness to find common ground with others." Raúl the Third, quoting Dolores Huerta ("We should love and care for each other"), portrays a tearful mother and child trying to hug through the slats of what is clearly meant to be a border wall. "I hope that these times will pass," the artist notes. Handsomely styled, and not afraid to take sides. Ages 7-10. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

In tribute to the work of the American Civil Liberties Union, 16 illustrators offer art for and commentary on pithy statements on human rights that have particularly moved them.Some of the contributorsnotably Sean Qualls for Maya Angelou's "Still I rise" and Greg Pizzoli for a line from W.E.B. Dubois about the cowardice of those who "dare not know"have made their chosen quotation a central visual component of the art. Some offer conventional views of people of color on the march (Innosanto Nagara, for a quote from Khalil Gibran) or idyllic scenes of giving and cooperation (Alina Chau, Molly Idle). Others opt for more oblique, often provocative responses. Brian Pinkney, for instance, illustrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that" with a racially diverse crowd of smiling faces over an equally diverse crowd of scowling ones; for Dolores Huerta's reminder that we are all one human race, Ral the Third depicts a mother and child hugging each other through a tall fence of slats; a collage based on the American flag by Melissa Sweet features phrases from the Constitution and other significant documents in the white stripes and in place of stars, a defiant McCarthy-era manifesto from E.B. White. As further food for thought, the artists all add personal reflections, some relatively lengthy, about what their chosen passage means to them.A heady mix of visual and verbal inspiration, nearly every page rewarding slow, thoughtful attention. (illustrator bios) (Picture book. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

The rousing words of civil rights leaders politicians, poets, activists, and authors are paired with some of the biggest names in children's illustration in this inclusive exploration of citizenship and democratic values. As readers reflect on the history that shaped this nation, they will be encouraged to look beyond the black-and-white lens of politics in order to wrestle with a deeper understanding of how individual lives and communities can be changed. The famous quotes often include calls to action, inspiring people to speak with others about important issues and learn how to promote freedom, equality, and justice for all. The heart of this book, though, is the art. Each illustrator brings a unique perspective, mirroring the quotes' sadness, love, and empowerment and spurring imaginations towards envisioning a better world. The artists paint a colorful history of how far we've come as a society, but the dynamic images also tell how far we have yet to go. Back matter includes detailed biographies of each illustrator. An inspiring collection.--Jessica Anne Bratt Copyright 2019 Booklist