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John Lewis in the lead Paperback – August 1, 2011
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Grade 3-5–A picture-book biography of the U.S. congressman from Georgia who played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement. The text is engaging as the authors detail Lewis's childhood in the segregated South and his growing activism and participation in nonviolent resistance. Lewis's organization of, and involvement in, events such as lunch-counter sit-ins, freedom rides, marches, and voter-registration drives are chronicled, while Andrews's full-page, folk-art oil-and-fabric collage illustrations convey the sense of time and place, and the drama of the unfolding events. Ann Bausum's Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement (National Geographic, 2005), written for an older audience, provides more in-depth, grittier coverage of Lewis's participation in this movement. Christine Hill's John Lewis: From Freedom Rider to Congressman (Enslow, 2002) is a straightforward biography. Haskins and Benson have written a lively, readable introduction to this important figure.–Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Born in a sharecropper family in the segregated South in 1940, John Lewis grew up to lead many protests for civil rights, and he has served in Congress for the last 20 years. In this handsome picture book for older readers, the authors blend information on Lewis' political contributions with the history of the civil rights struggle. At 15, Lewis protested because he was denied a library card; at 23, he was the youngest speaker in the 1963 March on Washington; and during the long struggle to register to vote, climaxing on Bloody Sunday, he was seriously injured. Andrews' dramatic, folk-art-style, color-saturated illustrations combine handsome individual portraits of Lewis with overviews of the horrific street violence by mobs, police, and troopers. Without sensationalizing, this shows the bravery of the activists and the difficult fight they faced. A time line, a selection of black-and-white photos, and a bibliography are appended. Hazel Rochman
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