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.
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