|Song for the unsung : Bayard Rustin, the man behind the 1963 March on Washington|
Author: Weatherford, Carole Boston
A picture book biography of Bayard Rustin, the gay Black man behind the March on Washington of 1963.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Sanders, Rob|
Booklist (+) (12/01/22)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/22)
The Hornbook (00/01/23)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/01/2022 *Starred Review* On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people descended on Washington, DC, to march for jobs and freedom for Black people. Leading the march was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but its orchestrator was Bayard Rustin, a proponent of the nonviolent resistance that would become a hallmark of the civil rights movement. Rustin’s own peaceful protests landed him in jail more than once, and he was passionately committed to civil rights. So why was he unsung during his life? Because, the authors explain, he was a gay Black man, the victim of a different kind of prejudice. Next to civil rights, music was at the center of Rustin’s life—a fact that gives this exemplary picture-book biography the imperative, on nearly every page, to invite readers to sing civil rights anthems such as “We Shall Overcome.” Rustin’s life is beautifully captured by illustrator McCray’s bold, textured artwork—created with acrylics, decorative and handmade papers, newspaper, and sheet music—which harnesses the energy and spirit of the man and the movement. Robust back matter offers further information on Rustin’s life, peaceful protest, and the March on Washington (including a YouTube link to Rustin giving a speech), plus well-curated reading lists. The result is a splendid tribute to a true hero of the civil rights movement. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.