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Coretta Scott

Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta knew, too well, the unfairness of life in the segregated south — and a yearning for equality began to grow. Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a movement that used nonviolent protest to fight for justice. And even when he died, she kept the movement focused on its vision and its journey — with dreams of freedom for all.

This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by Kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott. This evocative picture book is a stunning introduction to her role in Civil Rights history.

For more stories about girls and women involved with the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, visit our special feature on the Top Mighty Girl Books on Civil Rights History.

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"Nelson's jacket portrait, monumental and tender at the same time, sets the tone for this intimate picture biography. Shange's rhythmic lines and formal syntax roll like waves carrying readers on a soul-stirring ride through Coretta's coming of age in the Civil Rights Movement." -- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 9
Author Ntozake Shange
Illustrator Kadir Nelson
ISBN 0061253669
Publication Date Jan 1, 2009
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books