|Teachers march! : how Selma's teachers changed history|
Author: Wallace, Sandra Neil
An exciting tribute to the educators who participated in the 1965 Selma Teachers' March.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Wallace, Rich|
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 510218
Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/20)
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Booklist - 06/01/2020 *Starred Review* This stunningly powerful book by a team of award-winning creators should be part of every classroom library and teacher-preparation program. It’s the true story of the Reverend F. D. Reese, who taught high school science—as well as freedom and equality. He led by example, organizing marches in Selma to push for voting rights for African Americans. Seeking a more powerful angle, he decided that if the schoolteachers of Selma marched together, they could make a noticeable statement. The narrative provides an unvarnished view of the deep levels of racism and violence that permeated society and aimed to thwart civil rights activism in the 1960s. The Wallaces pack their account with well-researched details so that readers get to know Reverend Reese and others as people as well as activists, and Palmer’s vibrant acrylic paintings intensify the urgency of the moment. A particularly striking spread depicts the crowd of teachers brandishing their toothbrushes, symbolizing their readiness to go to jail for freedom if need be. The marching teachers inspired other groups—beauticians, barbers, undertakers—to organize, but most significantly, they inspired students to participate. A timely testament to the power of collectivism and the continued need for widespread civic engagement. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.