Small Shoes, Great Strides
How Three Brave Girls Opened Doors to School Equality
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
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Pub Date 07 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2023
Lerner Publishing Group, Carolrhoda Books ®
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Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, and Tessie Prevost didn't set out to make history. But when these three Black first graders stepped into the all-white McDonogh No. 19 Public School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960, that's exactly what they did. They integrated their school just ten minutes before Ruby Bridges walked into her school, also in New Orleans. Like Ruby, the trio faced crowds of protestors fighting against public school desegregation efforts and relied on US Marshals to keep them safe. Their teacher protected them every step of the way, and the girls formed a close bond, becoming friends for life.
Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson conducted extensive interviews to bring this little-known story from the Civil Rights Movement to a broad audience. Vivid illustrations by fine artist Alex Bostic highlight the girls' strength, courage, and determination.
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Average rating from 7 members
Wow. To think this happened in the USA only 63 years ago. What a history lesson. These girls are true pioneers.
It's ironic, to think how far we've come, and to see how far we have yet to go.
This book is powerful. It should be required reading for all our kids, in every classroom, school, and library.
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!