Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in Virginia in the 1950s and witnessed the injustice of segregation firsthand. As a teenager, she joined the Civil Rights Movement, attending demonstrations and sit-ins. Because of her passionate belief in the cause, she was involved in several important and historically significant events, including
Joan says, "Anyone can make a difference. It doesn't matter how old or young you are. Find a problem, get some friends together, and go fix it. Remember, you don't have to change the world ... just change your world."
Filled with original photography, images of historical documents, and breathtaking artwork, She Stood for Freedom is a celebration of the effect a single life can have on the world.
|Recommended Ages||7 and up; Grades 2 and up|
|Size||7 x 9|
When I heard about a civil rights book that was written for middle grade readers, I was intrigued on behalf of my children. I wasn't sure how well the points would come across being written for ages 8-12, but I thought it was well done. I don't recall having heard about Joan Trumpauer Mulholland before, but her story is very interesting.
I can't imagine taking a stand like Joan took (especially back then). Her life was in danger by fighting for civil rights. I would like to think that if I saw such an injustice that I'd do something about it, but I'm such a rule keeper that doing anything that could put me in jail is just hard to imagine.
My nine-year-old thought this was a good book and very interesting. He doesn't usually read this type of book, but thought he'd probably try to read more like this.
My almost thirteen-year-old thought it was a good story to talk about, although she thought it was written for a younger audience than what she usually reads. She liked the artwork (both the memorabilia and the illustrations).