Sweet Land of Liberty

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This inspiring story of little-known civil rights champion Oscar Chapman reminds readers that one person can truly make a difference.

On Easter Sunday 1939, Marian Anderson performed at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial for a crowd of over 75,000 people. The person largely responsible for putting her there was a white man, Oscar Chapman. When Chapman learned that Marian Anderson was not allowed to sing at Constitution Hall because of the color of her skin, Chapman helped produce a landmark concert that―for at least one evening―bridged the color divide to bring a city and much of the nation together.

Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson tells the inspirational story of Oscar Chapman’s lifelong commitment to ending bigotry. Illustrator Leonard Jenkins’s remarkable illustrations recreate a bygone era and pay tribute to remarkable real-life people and a magical moment in modern history. An author’s note provides additional historical context.---from the publisher

32 pages                              978-1561453955                         Ages 6-10

Keywords:  Civil Rights Movement, American history, African American, concert, injustice, racism, prejudice, role of the individual, power of the individual, discrimination, performing arts, civil rights, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, biography

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