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 recounts stories of young participants from the facts. This unique viewpoint will definitely enthrall the attention of children, who are the intended audience of Marching for Freedom, along with adults too.
The story of this momentous fifty-four mile march, Bloody Sunday, and the struggle for the right to vote are showcased in beautiful black and white photographs. These stunning and dramatic photos accompany the text and help the reader realize the severity of these tense days. Partridge uses the stories of several children and teenagers throughout the book to help the reader relate and understand the role that young people played in this part of history.
Marching for Freedom is a great tool to help children understand the monumental significance of the Civil Rights Movement. Through the photographs and the stories of young participants, Marching for Freedom showcases the effect that children can have on history. This wonderfully written book is recommended for the ages of 10 and up.