Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights
A primer for peaceful protest, resistance, and activism from the author of Rodzilla and Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.
Protesting. Standing up for what’s right. Uniting around the common good—kids have questions about all of these things they see and hear about each day. Through sparse and lyrical writing, Rob Sanders introduces abstract concepts like “fighting for what you believe in” and turns them into something actionable. Jared Schorr’s bold, bright illustrations brings the resistance to life making it clear that one person can make a difference. And together, we can accomplish anything.
Proudly progressive and unabashedly direct, this anthem is dedicated to "those who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School." Writing in stirring, crisp imperatives, Sanders (Pride) creates a to-do list for change: "Inquire. Invite. Inform. Imagine. Join others on the journey. Join others in the fight." While some of the suggestions are timeless ("STRIKE," written in big white letters on a black background), and a few illustrations reference specific movements (the 1965 Delano grape strike), much of the book feels timely. Placards that read "#RESIST" and "LOVE IS LOVE" are among the first images; in a later spread, a knitter creates a pink hat as she watches an African-American football player take a knee on television. It's a tribute to the potent rhythm of Sanders's text and exuberant cut-paper images by Schorr (Better Together) that the litany never grows wearying in fact, the book relays useful, action-based suggestions as it moves along. Back matter details a short history of peaceful protests and defines related terms. Ages 4 8. Author's)