Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
An inspiring look at the fight for the vote, by an award-winning author.
More than forty years ago in the U.S., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was leading a fight to win blacks the right to vote. Ground zero for the movement became Selma, Alabama.
Award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge leads you straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Focusing on the courageous children who faced terrifying violence in order to march alongside King, this is an inspiring look at their fight for the vote. Stunningly emotional black-and-white photos accompany the text.
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
Jane Addams Children's Book Award
School Library Journal's Battle of the Books
2011 Tayshas Reading List (2011)
Int'l Reading Association Teachers’ Choice Children’s Book Council 2010: Notable Social Studies Trade Books
International Reading Association 2010 Notable Books for a Global Society Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children
ALA Notable Children’s Book
ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth
Horn Book Fanfare Choice
Kirkus Reviews Best Children and YA Books of 2009
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2009
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year (2009)
Booklist’s Top Ten Black History Books for Youth
New York Public Library’s Children’s Books 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing California Book Award: Young Adult Finalist
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association YA Top Forty (2009)
The New York Times Sunday Book Review:
Drawing on archival photographs and interviews with marchers who were as young as 10 at the time, Partridge swiftly sets the stage for the political war of nerves that culminated in the walk from Selma to Montgomery.
Partridge shows eloquently how a season of protest educated and transformed Selma’s children... Meanwhile, Partridge's stirring history poses another, more immediate question for the thoughtful reader: Where are today's Selmas and what might a young person do about them?
Read the whole review on The New York Times Book Review site.
Publishers Weekly, starred review
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary tells the unsettling but uplifting story of the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, using the voices of men and women who participated as children and teenagers... Italicized lyrics to “freedom songs” are woven throughout, emphasizing the power drawn from music. Powerful duotone photographs, which range from disturbing to triumphal, showcase the determination of these civil rights pioneers.
Partridge provides just enough context of the Jim Crow South to orient readers be
fore plunging readers into the dramatic and harrowing events of the march. Partridge once again demonstrates why she is almost peerless in her photo selection. Horn Book, starred review
School Library Journal, starred review
Effective and meaningful archival photographs, quotes, poems, and songs are woven throughout the narrative, giving readers a real sense of the children’s mindset and experiences. The bibliography, source notes, photo credits, and resources for further discussion and research are exemplary. An excellent addition to any library.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Partridge proves once again that nonfiction can be every bit as dramatic as the best fiction. … With a perfect balance of energetic prose and well-selected, breathtaking photographs, the volume portrays the fight for the heart of America.
Booklist, starred review
The vivid text is filled with quotes collected from Partridge’s personal interviews with adults who remember their youthful experiences, including their terrifying confrontations with state troopers, during which marchers were attacked with whips, tear gas, and clubs. Filled with large black-and-white photos, every spread brings readers up close to the dramatic, often violent action.
A dramatic and a memorable statement. VOYA, starred review
I don’t care that you already have a zillion books on the Civil Rights Movement. You need this one the minute it publishes. Readers will breathe in the atmosphere of tension and fear and gain a heartfelt appreciation of the courage, sacrifice and immense commitment of these young people - teens like themselves. Bookends, A Booklist Blog