Hand in Hand; Ten Black men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney. (Jump at the Sun Books, 2012). Winner of the 2013 Coretta Scott King Author Award. This flowing, accessible story of ten great leaders in American history covers the span of Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack H. Obama II. The Pinkneys speak directly to children and young adults about the trials and tribulations faced by these outstanding Black men and show how determination, struggle, faith and grace enabled them to change the world for the better. One section that I am making a point to share with my sons is the chapter on Thurgood Marshall, who Pinkney describes as a "one of a kind kid with a way all his own. The boy wore knee-pants and hard shoes. He carried a comic book in both his back pockets, and was good at snapping gum. [...] Thurgood was an A+ prankster, too." Pinkney goes on to say "A true trickster, the one who makes the best mischief, is the one paying the closest attention." I need to keep that in mind in my house! Thurgood's principal sent him to the school basement to memorize passages from the Constitution as a punishment. After a while he was known as the boy who could help other students with their memory work and explain all the hard words. This boy grew up to be "Mr. Civil Rights", arguing Brown vs. Board of Education and the one who "Knocked "separate but equal" on its crooked head." Andrea Pinkney's poetic prose reads like a folktale and her husband Brian's full color portraits and illustrations are vibrant and beautiful. This book is a treasure!!
Reviews at NYT, GoodReads, and Horn Book are worth checking out too.
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