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The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,517 ratings  ·  325 reviews
Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else.

So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Dave Schaafsma
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Each year my family reads all the Goodreads picture books and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #2 of 2017.

Tara: 5 stars. Very moving. Sad. Important.
Harry (12): 4 stars. I like the viewpoint of the little girl.
Hank (11): 4 stars. I like how in the end it turned out well. They did it. Amazing book!
Lyra (10): Very bold and beautiful. Go Audrey!! So powerful to see that a kid like Audrey cou
This story is about Audrey Hendricks who was the youngest marcher in the Civil rights, or very young. She went to jail all by herself for 7 days. She was very young. She wanted the same rights as everyone else and she was willing to go to jail for it.

The is a list of historical dates in the back and a recipe for ‘Hot Rolls Baptized in Butter’ which looks really good. I appreciate the artwork. You get the feeling of what those 7 days in jail were like for her in a small way.

This brought up a lot
Today I’d like to begin with a small talk about diversity. Not diversity of people necessarily, but diversity of style. Illustration styles, if we’re going to get right down to it. For a long time there has been a single prevalent style used when dealing with historical picture books featuring African Americans. It varies from case to case, but generally speaking, for decades, the only way publishers felt comfortable putting out nonfiction picture books on serious subjects was to have them illus ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This inspirational biography is about the courage of 9 year old Audrey Faye Hendricks and her role in the Civil Rights Movement. Audrey grew up in Birmingham, Alabama at a time when black people could not be served food in the same room at restaurants together. The year is 1963 and black children went to different schools and had hand-me-down textbooks from the white students. Audrey did not feel this was fair and when Dr. Martin Luther King visited their church, she wanted to be part of the sol ...more
If only we all had the courage of Audrey Faye Hendricks, the world would be a better place.
I am very much surprised (and quite pleasantly so) at how much I have enjoyed reading about Audrey Faye Hendricks and her stint in jail as a nine year old for marching against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, as originally the cartoon-like book cover of Cynthia Levinson's The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist did feel as though the story might just be a bit too trivial and childish for my adult self. But no indeed, I was both wrong with regard ...more
Stephanie Anze
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"It didn't dawn on me that it was a big deal."
Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks on spending a week in jail for participating in a nonviolent march.

Audrey Faye Hendricks wanted to sit on the counter to have ice-cream. Have acess to brand-new books in the library. Be able to drink from a fountain with clean water and pay her fare on the bus and not have to get back out to reenter from the back door. So when children volunteered to march and be arrested on May 2, 1963, Audrey was there. Armed on
Cindy Hudson
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Audrey Faye Hendricks was the youngest known child to be arrested during a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama. Her story is told in a picture book, The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, by Cynthia Levinson.

The year was 1963, when Audrey was nine. She had heard her parents and other grownups talk about the unfairness of racial segregation and ask for people to protest. Understandably, many people were afraid of being hurt and arrested an
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up. If I'd been introduced to history this way, I may actually have enjoyed it and wanted to learn more.

I very much enjoyed it. I agree it's not a complete biography, but it does include some of Audrey's life beyond this one experience. And the bright illustrations make it palatable--it doesn't look like heavy old history but more like a fun story that happens to be True and also Relevant. I think it's perfect for schoolchildren who still get too much dry & didactic stuff that
Outstanding! I was so moved by this book, it literally brought a lump to my throat. I am so grateful for how far we have come, yet also so pained by how far we have yet to go. This story is told with a joy and a courage that seemed a hallmark of Audrey herself. It's so great to see books where children are shown that they do not have to wait to be a grown-up to make a difference in the world. I knew from the first page, with the warm, loving illustration of Audrey and her mother cooking those "h ...more
A personal look at the Children's March that took place in Birmingham, AL in 1963. Audrey Faye Hendricks was the youngest child arrested and served one week in jail as part of a larger plan to fill the jails so that they couldn't hold another person, which aimed to force a change in civil rights laws.

I liked all the personal details about how the Hendricks family knew Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how Audrey came to be inspired to take part in the movement. The characterization is tops and th
Debbi Florence
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In 1963 in the city of Birmingham Alabama, when Audrey Faye Hendricks was in elementary school, she was inspired by dinner guests Dr. Martin Luther King, Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, and Reverend James Bevel. She didn’t think it was right that she couldn’t sit at the counter to eat ice cream, sit at the front of the bus, or ride the nice elevator at the department store with the white folks. So when the idea came to have a Children’s March and fill the jail with children to protest the inequity, ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very informative book for younger children. It breaks my heart to have to explain it to them but warms my heart that they don't understand why people are treated different because of skin color. The illustrations were beautiful and the story was presented well. ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Young nine-year-old Audrey knows segregation. She knows what it's like to "drink from the fountain with the dirty bowl", and to ride the freight elevator in the department store. She also knows the pastor her family calls Mike, whom other people call, Martin Luther King, Jr. He even eats Sunday dinner with her family where they have Audrey's favorite--"hot rolls baptized in butter."

Audrey hears him preach the message about Negroes needing to protest the segregation laws and even get arrested and
Viviane Elbee
Great book! It is very interesting to learn about the youngest child (Audrey) in the Birmingham Alabama marches.

Though I assume this book is for older preschoolers and elementary students (not young toddlers), the book is relatively short and quick to read.

It is very well written - the author packs a lot of information in few words. I feel like she really pulls you into Audrey's world.

I am a big fan of Vanessa Brantley Newton's work. She did a great job with the illustrations for this book. I
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: School libraries, child psychologists, Parents
This inspiring biography of a little girl's dream of eating inside an ice-cream without notice of her skin color find itself to my attention and I'm grateful. I'm appreciative of Audrey Faye Hendricks, the nine year old, fighting for my civil rights, during the Children's March of 1963, before I was even born in subsequent decade.

Miss Hendricks simply wanted a fair society for blacks that whites enjoyed in Birmingham, Alabama. Plush movie theater seats, clean water from fountains, and taking th
Gary Anderson
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In May, 1963, more than three thousand children were jailed in Birmingham, Alabama after peacefully protesting the city's segregation policies. Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest of those children, spent a week in jail before all the cells were filled, the children were released, and some of those segregation policies began to change. Audrey narrates her story in an uplifting tone that is mostly cheerful but also conveys her indignance at being denied equality with white children, and her fear ...more
Amy Layton
I had the immense pleasure of reading this book to my mom's class of kindergarteners.  Some of the topics were a little too difficult for them, but they all understood the same things: people were treated differently due to their skin color, this wasn't fair, and Audrey Faye Hendricks was incredibly brave.  That's what I call a success.  

The story itself was easy to follow, and just descriptive enough to show these kindergarteners just how scary this time period was.  It was also brightly illust
This picture book biography presents a fascinating account of The Children's March for civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. This book is one that will make an impression on young readers, as there aren't a lot of stories about kids their age participating in the marches and protests and being sent to jail. The text is kid-friendly along with beautiful illustrations, making it a super resource for classroom libraries. ...more
Antoinette Scully
This book made me cry, in a good way. The bravery of Audrey Faye Hendricks was so abundantly clear from the story that I couldn't hold in tears. I would definitely recommend this. Note: There is talk of police/state violence against Black people of all ages, especially children; mention of the KKK chasing Black people. All the facts of the time. So if you're not really to have real race talk with your children, be warned. ...more
Terry Pierce
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellently written story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest marcher of the Civil Rights Movement who was arrested and spent one week in jail. Levinson is masterful in taking a serious topic and telling it with lots of kid-appeal. Perfect book for anyone wanting to read about how children can stand up for what's right. ...more
Agata Wilusz
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a quick and easy read! I enjoyed learning about Audrey Faye Hendricks and the role she played in helping end segregation in Alabama. I had no idea that young marchers, school aged children, such as Audrey were arrested as well! The author did a wonderful job at including many historical components throughout the picturebook.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The language is easy enough for young children to understand, and the illustrations are fantastic. I will be sharing this book with my students!
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This timely read has been on my radar for awhile so I'm glad I got to read it. I hope it inspires kids to stand up and act for what they believe in. ...more
Victoria Coe
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Audrey is a hero that all kids can relate to. Endearing, captivating & important. A must-have for elementary school classrooms & libraries. Highly recommend!
Powerful but lengthy picture bio about one our most amazing activists for the 20th century.
This was a very interesting story about Audrey Faye Hendricks, the youngest child to march during the Children's [Civil Rights] March in May 1963. She was arrested on the first day and spent a week in Juvenile Detention.

At the end of this story is an Author's Note that provides a 1-page biography and black & white photograph of Audrey Faye Hendricks. On the next page the reader will find a Time Line [of events]. Following this is a recipe for Hot Rolls Baptized in Butter (read the book to learn
Juliana Lee
Amazing story of the youngest marcher in the Children's March in Birmingham, 1963. A Civil Rights story which includes well know figures like Dr. King, Rev. Shuttlesworth, and Rev. Bevel who organized the Children's March filling the jails with over 3000 children until there wasn't room for one more protester. ...more
Desiree Sotomayor
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful and powerful story for children of all backgrounds to know about! It is shameful knowing that our nation jailed children for something as simple as wanting equality, but I think this book gives a wonderful example of the difference we can all make in the face of injustice. A very timely & important example.
Ms Threlkeld
An important book for upper elementary and middle school collections. It will give students a deeper understanding and appreciation of those who fight for civil rights.
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