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Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary

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An inspiring look at the fight for the vote, by an award-winning author Only 44 years ago in the U.S., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was leading a fight to win blacks the right to vote. Ground zero for the movement became Selma, Alabama.

Award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge leads you straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated
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Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published October 14th 2009)
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Lisa
Feb 28, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rll-539
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary is an amazing retelling of the events leading up to the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Similar to Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice and We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March, this book uses photographs and anecdotes from the lives of ordinary people who were part of the extraordinary - The Civil Rights Movement. The book, though nonfiction, reads like a narrative with its cast of charac ...more
CH13_Meghan Schultz
Marching for Freedom documents the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of children. The book begins in 1965 Salem, Alabama and follows the march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Montgomery, Alabama. Each page is filled with authentic photography taken throughout this time period and is accompanied by stories of children who participated in the march. The book shines light one the extreme violence several children endured in order to march alongside Dr. King.

This book is beyond wonderful!
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N_maheenayub
Oct 21, 2010 N_maheenayub rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
The clear black and white photos in this book are honestly what first captured my attention. The photos are taken from 1965, some are brutal and others are inspiring. They help capture the reader's attention as she reads about the days before "Bloody Sunday," when African Americans attempted to march to Selma, Alabama in order to gain the right to vote, but were injured along the way by state troopers. The nonfiction book continues with the eventual march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The p ...more
529_Regina
May 05, 2012 529_Regina rated it it was amazing
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
by: Elizabeth Partridge
Intermediate and up Viking (2009) 72p.
ISBN-10: 0670011894 $14.95

"From a child up at that time, you was taught to fear them." Elizabeth Partridge took the well know civil rights march from Montgomery to Selma, and showed it through the lens of the children and teens who participated in the marches. Ms. Partridge's accounts are interchanged with first hand accounts and summative narratives was spell bindi
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Justin
Jun 12, 2013 Justin rated it it was amazing
This book details the struggle faced by black Americans in Selma, Alabama to overcome the obstacles placed before them to register to vote. The story is centered on an historic march from Selma to Montgomery. Although it is told largely from the perspective of the young students involved in the struggle, the author does not soften the issue. Rather, Partridge uses descriptive language and direct quotations from participants of the events and combines them with powerful black and white photograp ...more
Betsy
Jul 19, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: One of the best covers of the year on one of the best books of the year, and I appreciated the length in particular.
Amie
Apr 27, 2010 Amie rated it it was amazing
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge is a moving portrait of how the children of the Civil Rights Movement propelled the movement forward and changed history. These children had to stand up and fight when their parents and teachers couldn’t for fear of losing their jobs and possibly their lives. Many of the brave children were beaten up, thrown into jail and, in some cases, killed. A 2009 Cybils Award nominee finalist and a 2010 ALA Notab ...more
Jennifer
Apr 27, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Marching For Freedom will challenge your thinking about what children are capable of. Elizabeth Partridge tells the story of the struggles of African Americans in Selma, Alabama in 1963 who were trying to register to vote. They were bullied and intimidated by local authorities, made to take an unfairly administered “literacy test” and charged a poll tax. The blacks wanted the right to vote but they had to join together in a peaceful protest to make their voices heard.

The author tells the story
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Erica
Mar 06, 2011 Erica rated it really liked it
Book talk: The ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 prohibited denying anyone the right to vote based on race, but in Alabama in 1965, they found enough ways to get around that amendment that even though half the population of Selma was black, 99 % of the voters were white. In 1965 the people of Selma decided to make a stand by marching to protest the unfair voting practices. The marchers were jailed, bombs were set off in the houses of the leaders, protesters were fired from their jobs, a ...more
Samantha
Apr 30, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Partridge’s Marching For Freedom tells stories from the civil rights movement in Selma, Alabama. The stories are frequently told from the children’s perspective, which makes the book, which is written for children ten and up, more engaging for children. Marching For Freedom has won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award.

Partridge explains her inspiration and identifies her research well at the end of the book. She includes an author’s note explaining her inspiration for the book, which
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Keely Wells
Dec 02, 2013 Keely Wells rated it really liked it
Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge tells the story of deadly protests that took place in 1965. The book focuses on children who stood up for their rights even though they knew they would be facing horrific violence. I thought this book was very moving, because it tells the story of African Americans gaining the right to vote. I also really enjoyed the old photographs to provide the reader with a visual representation.
The book portrays the criteria by having cultural accuracy and authe
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Nikka Bacalzo
Nov 17, 2016 Nikka Bacalzo rated it it was amazing
Marching For Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge is an easy to understand informational text about the Selma march. The book is organized in a way that any person, regardless of their prior knowledge would be able to understand. The book opens with a personal story of Joanne Blackmon and her sister Lynda and how they were denied at the Dallas County Courthouse because of the color of their skin. From there, the book follows the issue of unjust treatment such as being denied the right to vote. We are ...more
jo
Oct 19, 2009 jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, kidlit
There was no question that I had to pick up Elizabeth Partridge's new book Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary. "Walk Together Children" is one of my favorite spirituals and Elizabeth Partridge is the author of that stunning Woody Guthrie biography I was so taken with back in 2008. Resistance was futile.

Marching for Freedom covers the time period surrounding the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march that led to groundbreaking voter's rights legislation for African Amer
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Maricor
Mar 21, 2011 Maricor rated it it was amazing
Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge (2009)
Marching for Freedom captures the tale of the African Americans in Selma, Alabama who struggled for the right to vote in the civil rights movement in 1965. Elizabeth Partridge shares the events in Selma leading up to the march to Montgomery which eventually involved over 30,000 African Americans and other civil rights activists. Using storytelling to reawaken the time period and events, Partridge creates an emotional story full of fear, hope, and
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Elizabeth
Feb 15, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Partridge tells the moving story of young people’s role in the civil rights struggle.to get the vote in Selma, Alabama. The book opens with ten year old Joanne Blackmon’s first arrest when she accompanied her grandmother as she tried to register to vote in 1963. The narrative continues chronologically, highlighting the role played by youth. Adults could lose their jobs or even their lives if they protested, so the high school students were at the forefront of this struggle. The powerfu ...more
Kiya
Dec 08, 2015 Kiya rated it it was ok
In Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, children and Don’t you Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge. This book tells the different stories of several people who were involved in the civil rights movement including the famous Martin Luther King Jr. This book does a great job telling the story of what lead up to the voting rights act being passed in 1965 it tells the personal stories of people who at the time were just little kids but participated in protest and marches for the sake of their parents ...more
Aliyah Inge-hanif
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge is a nonfiction book for the ages of ten years old and up. Its is an ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers and a Cybils Awards Nominee for Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction. This book has a lot of historical pictures from the nineteen sixties. The books and these pictures talk about the movement for voting rights for African Americans.
It focuses on the children in Salem ,Alabama during the time
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Judith
Apr 10, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Partridge, author of John Lennon: All I want is the Truth and The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, recounts the gripping days in 1965 that led up to the march from Selma to Montgomery, Al in Marching for Freedom. Instead of focusing on the key players of the Civil Rights Movement, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Partridge discusses the role that children and teens had on this historic movement. Partridge does not weigh the reader down with historic fact after historic fact, but recoun ...more
Homewood Public Library
Dec 12, 2011 Homewood Public Library rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Partridge, author of John Lennon: All I want is the Truth and The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, recounts the gripping days in 1965 that led up to the march from Selma to Montgomery, Al in Marching for Freedom. Instead of focusing on the key players of the Civil Rights Movement, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Partridge discusses the role that children and teens had on this historic movement. Partridge does not weigh the reader down with historic fact after historic fact, but recoun ...more
Jacki
Dec 21, 2010 Jacki rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-non-fiction
Summary: A look at the events surrounding and leading up to the Selma freedom march, told partly from the perspective of teenagers who were involved.

Verdict: A must for the middle school American history classroom.

Yay!: Finding people who were teen participants in the marches and telling their stories here is an inspired idea. The narrow focus (not trying to tell the entire story of the civil rights movement in a slim book) allows for greater detail about the events covered. Mood-setting element
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Nikki Horne
Nov 18, 2015 Nikki Horne rated it really liked it
This book for young adults does a great job telling the story of what eventually lead to the Voting Rights Act being passed in 1965. It explains the many protests that went on and even includes personal accounts of some who were just children while this was going on and participated in the protests for the sake of their parents and their future. Many children were beaten and even put in jail on multiple occasions for their protesting, but they did it anyways. This book tells about the events thr ...more
Sunday Cummins
This is a fantastic book for middle school students. From the first line this narrative is gripping - "The first time Joanne Blackmon was arrested, she was just ten years old." Partridge tells the story of the children and young adolescents who risked their lives to protest for their parents' right to vote. They were arrested, jailed, beaten along the way. The visuals - primary source photographs - are compelling and can easily serve as conversation starters.

Recommended for reading aloud or smal
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Jennifer Porter
Dec 02, 2015 Jennifer Porter rated it really liked it
Shelves: notable-books
This novel is one that is able to capture the events of the march for freedom that led to African Americans being able to vote. This is such an important novel as it gives us the details of a very important time in history, which was not that long ago and racism is still unfortunately very much alive today. Though, thankfully, many of the people in our country have been able to look past the thoughts and ideals of the past and see that people are much more than the color of their skin, these sto ...more
Andrew
Jan 16, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-history
In honor of Dr. King's birthday I wanted to read a book on something to do with his life. While not a very large book, it's a great read. Marching for Freedom tells the story of Dr. King's voting rights march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. This book demonstrates the power of non-violence and the strength of standing up for what is right.

It seems every time I pick up a book on American history I am further amazed at the rich, complex stories that are there. The courage that these men
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Jessica Lee
Dec 06, 2015 Jessica Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307-books
Marching For Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary is an incredibly moving novel, written by Elizabeth Partridge. She tells us the stories of many young African American people who risked their life to march and fight for their rights. This is a historical event that everyone in America knows about, but Partridge is able to give her readers a unique insight to these events, being told as by young African Americans and even giving readers pictures to go with the journeys desc ...more
Donna
Nov 20, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
In 1965, segregation persisted in Alabama, and African Americans were often arrested while attempting to register to vote. This is the story of the grass roots civil rights movement in Selma, where children and teenagers were recruited to join adults in non-violent protest against absurd voter registration requirements. It's shocking to see photographs of young boys dressed in striped prison uniforms and chains after being arrested. Many of these young protesters were arrested multiple times. Th ...more
Rachel Pederson
Dec 01, 2013 Rachel Pederson rated it liked it
Shelves: civil-rights
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary is a powerful book that shows and describes to readers the hatred toward African Americans in the 60’s. Taking place during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, this book goes into great detail about the marches that took place in order to achieve the right to vote. Chapters include vivid details from the preparations for the march, to the horrible photos and dialogue of the events that happened on Bloody Sunday. In the e ...more
Ashley Saunders
Dec 03, 2014 Ashley Saunders rated it it was amazing
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Partridge, E. (2009) Marching for freedom: walk together, children, and don't you grow weary. New York. Penguin Group

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This is a fantastic book to teach children about the struggle African Americans face when trying to vote in the 60s. The book offers images that go along with the true story that Elizabeth Partridge presents. The reader learns about about the events that occurred in Selma, Alabama and particularly the events that occurred on March 7, 1965 which is
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Kelly
Dec 04, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Elizabeth Partridge tells the story of the three month battle for equality. It was the fight for blacks to be able to vote alongside whites with Martin Luther King Junior as the leader. The author focuses on the children who fought through the harshest of conditions to walk along side Martin Luther King Jr. It does a great detailed job of showing the struggle and hardships of that time. It does an explicit job of showing the harsh reality of the struggle. It includes images in black and white; s ...more
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