For those children born in the late nineties or after the year 2000, history is a bit different. We have an African-American president and the world of separate bathrooms and water fountains is now just a dark memory. It's important to mark the steps in the past that have brought us forward to the future and this inspiring books follows African American history from the slave ships to the present. Pairing a Beatitude with a step in time, we feel the hand of God giving strength in the difficult times of the past. This book is like a spiritual museum that honors the Colored Troops in the Civil War, the courage of Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Emmett Till's family. It walks us forward to the lunch counter sit-ins, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ruby Bridges and Rosa Parks. Giving children a sense of where they have been and the possibilities of what lies ahead the story reminds them that the hand of God has been present in the lives of the ancestors and will be there still for their future offspring. Great history, beautiful poetry and inspiring illustrations. We expect nothing less from Carole Boston Weatherford. 36 pages Ages 9-12
- The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights
The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, November 2009
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