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John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement
A biography of John Lewis, one of the ?Big Six? civil rights leaders of the 1960s, focusing on his involvement in Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, and the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Lee & Low Books
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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
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.
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.
Sep 20, 2011 Abbi Kraus rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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