The award-winning, inspirational story of journalist Ida B. Wells and her crusade for justice and civil rights. A must-have for American, Black, and women's history collections.
"This handsomely packaged introduction to one of the most important progenitors of the Civil Rights Movement is just the ticket for young readers." --Kirkus Reviews
In 1863, when Ida B. Wells was not yet two years old, the Emancipation Proclamation freed her from the bond of slavery. Blessed with a strong will, an eager mind, and a deep belief in America's promise of "freedom and justice for all," young Ida held her family together, defied society's conventions, and used her position as a journalist to speak against injustice. But Ida's greatest challenge arose after one of her friends was lynched. How could one headstrong young woman help free America from the looming "shadow of lawlessness"?
Author Philip Dray tells the inspirational story of Ida B. Wells and her lifelong commitment to end injustice. Award-winning illustrator Stephen Alcorn's remarkable illustrations recreate the tensions that threatened to upend a nation while paying tribute to a courageous American hero.
Parents' Choice Recommended Award ―Parents' Choice Foundation
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts ―National Council of Teachers of English
Amelia Bloomer Project ―Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Social Studies, Grades K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International
Macy's Multicultural Collection of Children's Literature ―Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing ―New York Public Library
Garden State Children's Book Awards (Non-fiction Nominee) ―New Jersey Library Association
Land of Enchantment Book Awards (Picture Narrative Master List) ―New Mexico Library Association, New Mexico Council of IRA