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MARCHING FOR FREEDOM by Elizabeth Partridge Kirkus Star

MARCHING FOR FREEDOM

Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary

By Elizabeth Partridge

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-670-01189-6
Publisher: Viking

With this photo-essay on the 54-mile civil-rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Partridge proves once again that nonfiction can be every bit as dramatic as the best fiction. In the spring of 1965, a racist sheriff and a bigoted governor were pitted against demonstrators trained in Martin Luther King’s philosophy of nonviolence. The Civil Rights Act signed by President Johnson in 1964 had outlawed segregation in schools, workplaces and public areas. Now, demonstrators in Selma, joined by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and King’s organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, demanded the right to vote. This is history told from the bottom up, through the words, pictures and actions of the parents and children of Selma. With a perfect balance of energetic prose and well-selected, breathtaking photographs, the volume portrays the fight for the heart of America, concluding with a touching photograph of a pair of hands, one signing a voter registration form. This well-designed and impeccably documented volume is a good match with Phillip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (2009). (author’s note, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)