Illustrated by Shane W. Evans; Candlewick Press, 2005

This final book in Rappaport and Evans’s trilogy about the African-American experience traces the modern Civil Rights struggle from the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


  • NAACP Image Award Finalist
  • A Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award Winner

Rappaport draws on songs, poems, memories, letters, court testimony and first-person accounts to provide a moving portrayal of the experiences of African Americans. The book introduces little-known as well as famous figures and incidents in a way that is fresh and informative. A wonderful resource to enhance curriculum units on African-American history.” School Library Journal

The episodes are told with maximum drama, so they’ll involve kids who may sometimes find history dry and distant.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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