Call Me Miss Hamilton
One Woman's Case for Equality and Respect
by Carole Boston Weatherford
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Pub Date 01 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 19 Jan 2022
Lerner Publishing Group, Millbrook Press ™
Discover the true story of the woman Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nicknamed "Red" because of her fiery spirit!
Mary Hamilton grew up knowing right from wrong. She was proud to be Black, and when the chance came along to join the Civil Rights Movement and become a Freedom Rider, she was eager to fight for what she believed in. Mary was arrested again and again—and she did not back down when faced with insults or disrespect. In an Alabama court, a white prosecutor called her by her first name, but she refused to answer unless he called her “Miss Hamilton.” The judge charged her with contempt of court, but that wasn’t the end of it. Miss Mary Hamilton fought the contempt charge all the way to the Supreme Court.
Powerful free verse from Carole Boston Weatherford and striking scratchboard illustrations by Jeffery Boston Weatherford, accompanied by archival photographs, honor this unsung heroine who took a stand for respect—and won.
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Average rating from 4 members
This book really brings the social injustices challenged by the Civil Rights Movement to life. Jeffery Boston Weatherford's artfully crafted etchings combined with historic photos paint a picture of this hero for justice set against the backdrop of a dark time in US history that echoes to this day. Carole Boston Weatherford sheds light on Miss Hamilton's life and heroic activism against racist policies in the United States. Abbreviated timeline and further reading suggestions included at the end of the book includes more details for report writers or those wanting to investigate the further details on Miss Hamilton's lifetime. An inspirational addition to any personal , school, or community library.
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