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Poems for Civil Rights Leaders
By J. Patrick Lewis • Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, Meilo So, Jim Burke, John Parra, and Tonya Engel
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In moving verse, Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis gives new voice
to seventeen heroes of civil rights. Exquisitely illustrated by five extraordinary
artists, this commanding collection of poems invites the reader to hear in
each verse the thunder that lies in every voice, no matter how small. Featuring
civil rights luminaries Coretta Scott King, Harvey Milk, Mohandas Gandhi,
Nelson Mandela, Sylvia Mendez, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mamie Carthan Till,
Helen Zia, Josh Gibson, Dennis James Banks, Mitsuye Endo, Ellison Onizuka,
Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Yunus, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman,
and Michael Schwerner.
J. Patrick Lewis is the Poetry
Foundation’s 2011–2013 Children’s
Poet Laureate. He is the
award-winning author of more
than 75 books for young people
and lives in Westerville, Ohio.
R. Gregory Christie lives in
Brooklyn, New York.
Meilo So lives in the Shetland
Islands, United Kingdom.
Jim Burke lives in Beacon,
John Parra lives in Queens,
Tonya Engel lives in Brooklyn,
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