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John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement

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The son of an Alabama sharecropper, John Lewis experienced the injustice of segregation early in life. Inspired to action by the words of Martin Luther King, Lewis joined with him and other civil rights leaders who believed in fighting segregation peacefully. This book tells his story.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Lee & Low Books
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Tianna Stephens
Feb 09, 2015 Tianna Stephens rated it really liked it
This is a very informative story on the trials and tribulations of John Lewis as he fought for civil rights along side other influential leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King. John Lewis grew up in a time full of prejudice, segregation and unfair treatment of African American people. Even as a child he was angered by the system of oppression the prevented his family from gaining success. Although encouraged by his mother to remain quiet and stay out of trouble, John felt that he must stand up for ...more
Here's a good one to introduce the idea/impact of police brutality.
Jul 05, 2015 Monique rated it it was amazing
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Great book to help children learn about the civil rights movement
Katie Jackson
Sep 11, 2011 Katie Jackson rated it really liked it
Even though John Lewis was told by his mother to deal with what was going on, he took a stand for himself and others of his race. He never gave up and in 1965 he finally got what he worked for. In 1965 President Johnson singed the Voting Rights Act. I would use this book in my classroom for children to do research with. It is very informational and has details about what happened from the time he was a child to when the Act was passed.
Jul 24, 2008 Kimberly rated it liked it
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This book opened my eyes to another member of the Civil Rights Movement, who worked alongside Dr. King. Although the illustrations did not inspire me to read further and the pages were text heavy, I recommend this book for anyone who would like to understand the Civil Rights Movement from another pair of eyes. The black and white photo montage at the back is an authetic representation of this period.
Abbi Kraus
I liked how this gave a brief history of John's childhood, but mainly focused on his impact on the civil right movement. In the back of the book, there is a timeline of his life, and many real pictures of John throughout time, including a recent picture.
Excellent for elementary through middle school. Includes a historic timeline and focuses on John Lewis's evolution as an activist from high school on.
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Haskins, James (1941–2005), author of nonfiction books for juveniles and adults, biographer, educator, critic, editor, and educational consultant. Born into a large family in a racially segregated middle-class section of Demopolis, Alabama, where he was not allowed to visit the town's public library, James S. Haskins was deeply affected by the swirl of events related to the mid-century civil right ...more
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