Thursday, January 31, 2019

All day
Before 1am
01/31/2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Award-winning authors Claire Rudolph Murphy and Mary Cronk Farrell share young adult nonfiction about civil rights history, heroes, and she-roes. Claire Rudolf Murphy's latest release, Martin and Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice introduces readers ages 10 and up to the story of how Kennedy and Dr. King went from adversaries to allies in a decades-long struggle to break down the barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their basic civil rights. Murphy explores the societal issues Americans faced throughout the 1960s, and also emphasizes the importance of a nation built on inclusiveness. Murphy believes that introducing future generations to the story of these two men will inspire them to continue fighting the ongoing challenges of racial and economic inequality. While there are innumerable books about both leaders, Martin and Bobby is the first children’s title that traces the partnership between these two figures. Filled with compelling historic photos, educational source notes, a bibliography, suggested places to visit, and a time line, Murphy's meticulous research make Martin and Bobby a must-read. "Powerful, engaging, and enlightening." -- Kirkus Review Murphy is the author of eighteen books for youth including My Country 'Tis of Thee and Marching with Aunt Susan.   From Mary Cronk Farrell, the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific, now comes Standing Up Against Hate, the incredible story of how black women in the army helped change the course of World War II. The first African-American in the Women’s Army Corps didn’t have full protection under American law. Still, thousands volunteered to help fight fascist regimes threatening democracy around the world. They risked court martial and prison, refusing to clean kitchens and scrub floors, jobs never assigned to white WACs. They feared for their lives while posted or traveling in the south, as even army uniforms didn’t protect them from assault due to their skin color. They survived racism and prejudice with dignity, served with excellence and paved the way for black women to reach the highest levels of the military. Farrell is an award-winning author and former journalist with a passion for stories about people discovering courage amidst adversity. She’s appeared on TV and radio and speaks about courage and grit to adults and young people across the nation.  “The book is a gem…explain[s] with depth and precision the fight black women faced both in and out of the military.” --School Library Connection starred review "Farrell brings in the voices of the women, which provides clarity and understanding of what they experienced. She also highlights the role of black newspapers in keeping the community informed about the difficulties they often faced. The text is richly supported with archival photographs....The stories in this valuable volume are well worth knowing." -- Kirkus Review