Bayard Rustin: Volume 1

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About the Author
Susan Martins Miller has been a publishing professional for over thirty years, working as an author, editor, collaborator, writing coach, and workshop presenter. Her body of work includes fiction and nonfiction for both children and adults, church resources, devotionals, and magazines. She holds a master's degree in biblical studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and she lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and nearby adult children.
Markia Jenai was raised in Detroit, Michigan, during rough times but found adventure through art, drawing, and storytelling. Those interests led her to study at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. An avid lover of fantasy settings, cultures, and mythology, Markia has made it her goal to create worlds where people of color are front and center. Diversity within her art means the world to her, and she dreams of the day when everyone will see themselves in media and have the same access to telling their own stories.
Gr 1-4-Readers are introduced to six African Americans who were pioneers in their fields. Brief overviews of their lives are provided, which include their experiences with discrimination and prejudice. For example, "Some people treated Bayard Rustin unfairly because he was gay, but this did not stop him." However, most of the narratives are upbeat. Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s success in genealogy is highlighted; Shirley Chisholm's efforts in Congress to improve lives are examined; Sister Rosetta Tharpe's career as a gospel and popular musician is chronicled. The vivid illustrations feature close-ups of the subjects as well as action scenes; the illustrations of Major Taylor riding his bike are especially compelling. The information tends to be scarce; most of the facts are shared in the time lines. VERDICT Though the lack of in-depth content means this series won't be useful for report writers, the bright illustrations will attract browsers who will enjoy learning about these inspiring individuals. - SLJ Fall 2020