Tuesday, January 5, 2016

On Shelves Now: THE FIRST STEP: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

40 p
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Ages: 6 to 9

In 1847, Sarah Roberts tried to attend a white school in Boston. Forced out of school because of her race, Sarah and her family fought for her right to have an equal education.

"It was the first case asking our legal system to outlaw separate schools. It was the first time an African-American lawyer worked in a supreme court. It was the first time an African-American lawyer and a white lawyer teamed up to fight for justice. Three important steps forward."

Although not victorious, Sarah paved the way for changes that led to triumph in the Brown vs. Board of Education case, and in countless other steps toward equality.

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