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The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne

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“A solid treatment of an important but little-known figure, and it may prompt kids to think about the role and composition of a free press.” —BCCB
“Cline-Ransome tells [Ethel Payne’s] story with economy and drive. ‘Somebody had to do the fighting,’ she quotes Payne saying, ‘somebody had to speak up.’” —Publishers Weekly

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Julie
A few years ago, I read the magnificent biography of Ethel Payne, Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press. This age-appropriate book for younger readers distills much of the life and work of this pioneering African-American woman journalist that I learned from Morris's book. This picture book demonstrates, in narrative and beautiful acrylic paint illustrations, the way she brought issues of civil rights, social injustice, the plight of African-Americans in the ...more
Aolund
An effective, cleanly-written biography of Black journalist Ethel L. Payne. Lesa Cline-Ransome does a skillful job balancing Payne's life story with reflections on the importance of a free press and the power of journalism. John Parra's illustrations are beautiful and evocative.

Themes: Heroines, Black History, Civil Rights, Journalism, Government
Age Range: 7-11
Melanie  Marshall
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is obviously a children's book, but it felt like it rushed/skimmed over major elements of Paynes life. Nevertheless, Parra's illustrations are gorgeous and the story is one that is missing from children's collections.
Edward Sullivan
A great introduction to the pioneering journalist who came to be known as "First Lady of the Black Press."
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