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Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom…

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Other authors: Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator)

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Stories of ten important women are given here: Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm. Each biography is preceded by an oil painting by illustrator Stephen Alcorn highlighting that woman's accomplishments.

Awards for this book include Coretta Scott King Honor (Author, 2001) and ALA Notable Children's Book (2001). ( )
  nbmars | Mar 30, 2018 |
You could use this book in a 5th grade classroom as a read aloud. (You could read the whole book or just pick out different women to focus on). If you just read one, then you could extend it into a writing lesson where children will pick a different woman from the book to focus on. They will research her and create a page that describes how she made a difference when it came to womens rights. The students will then put all of their pages together to make a classroom book. To wrap up the lesson you could read the actual book and the children's book to compare them. You could also use this book in a 4th grade classroom. Before reading, explain that the book is about women who didn't have the rights that they deserved and that they were fighting to get them. After reading, tell them that they are now going to be fighting for their rights. Tell them that they are to pretend that the principal has decided to take away their right to eat lunch at lunch time. The students will have to write a letter to the principal persuading him to give their rights back to them. This way the students understand the rights that the women had to fight for, and they get to practice their persuasive writing skills.
  AleciaTomes | Mar 16, 2017 |
I think that this book is a fantastic source for young children to read about the women who were instrumental in the end of slavery and the beginning of equality. It has portraits of the women. ( )
  ceb651 | Nov 10, 2016 |
Andrea Pinkney is from the African American Authors for Children slide of this week’s lecture. I was drawn to the artwork of the cover, but the copy I found at my library has a different, but equally powerful, image of a black woman breaking the chains of another’s shackled hands. It opens with a passage from the author set in Washington D.C. in 1963. Apparently she was one month from being born, and her parents were listening to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech”, her father at the actual rally, and her mother watching in on television. Throughout this passage, the reader is familiarized with the names associated with the African American struggle in the US- the NAACP, Jesse Jackson, and Dorothy Height, and we learn that the author has an emotional connection to this material because she experienced it.
Throughout the book we learn the stories of 10 African American women in history who have shown the courage to defend their civil rights against inequality, oppression, prejudice, and fear: Sojourner “Bella” Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm.
This compilation would be valuable in expressing and teaching about diversity in the classroom because it speaks to African Americans and women. Though the treatment of slaves is not anything our children will have to personally experience, they will feel empathy when they read of little girls being beaten and sold from their families. Hopefully children will feel inspired from these stories to stand up for themselves and each other.
  carrier3 | Jun 1, 2016 |
Pinkney (Silent Thunder) presents eloquent portraits of 10 intrepid African-American activists for the causes of abolition, women's rights and civil rights. Exploring these individuals' childhoods as well as their accomplishments as adults, the author smoothly distills biographical information so as to hold the attention of young readers. Her selection of subjects includes the prominent (Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm) as well as such lesser-knowns as Fannie Lou Hamer, an indefatigable campaigner for African-Americans' right to vote. Pinkney's writing is spiced with colloquialisms ("She didn't shy back for nobody," she says of Sojourner Truth) and useful imagery (describing this same crusader's delivery of her renowned "Ain't I a woman?" speech, the author notes, "She was the only black woman in the place, and when she stepped to the pulpit, some folks looked at her like she was a stain on their purest linens"). Featuring creatively skewed perspective and proportion, Alcorn's (I, Too, Sing America) oil paintings offer allegorical interpretations of his subjects' lives.
  ccsdss | Feb 8, 2016 |
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Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked a boycott that changed America. Harriet Tubman helped more than three hundred slaves escape the South on the Underground Railroad. Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in--even when it feels like no one is listening. Andrea Davis Pinkney's moving text and Stephen Alcorn's glorious portraits celebrate the lives of ten bold women who lit the path to freedom for generations.

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Tells the stories of ten African-American women freedom fighters.

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