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Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Georgia Gilmore was a cook at the National Lunch Company in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia knew just what to do. She organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fundraise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott. Called the Club from Nowhere, Georgia was the only person who knew who baked and bought the food, and she said the money came from "nowhere" to anyone who asked. And when Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for his role in the boycott, Georgia testified on his behalf, and her home became a meeting place for civil rights leaders.

This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond. One of her delicious recipes is included for kids to try!

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"Romito emphasizes how their venture came with risks; to protect the buyers and makers, Gilmore had people pay in cash and refused to divulge the names of the cooks and bakers, saying, 'It came from nowhere.' Freeman creates bold compositions comprising the food, its makers, and even Martin Luther King Jr., who assisted Gilmore in starting her own cooking business. Romito concludes with the news of the Supreme Court outlawing bus segregation — followed by a suggestion that more work was to be done: 'Georgia Gilmore kept right on cooking.'" — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Dee Romito
Illustrator Laura Freeman
ISBN 1499807201
Publication Date Nov 6, 2018
Publisher little bee books
Language English