A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
You can be a leader, no matter who you are. Have faith in the future; people working together can make big, positive changes.
Positive Role Models
Role models are the major theme of the book, with an emphasis on African Americans. Profiles include the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights activists of the 1960s, athletes such as Muhammad Ali and Colin Kaepernick, musical artists from Billie Holiday to Kendrick Lamar, and kids including Greta Thunberg and Yolanda Renee King (Martin Luther King, Jr.'s granddaughter).
Violence & Scariness
The text covers violence including the killing of Black people by police and civilians. There are a few mildly disturbing images (such as a civil rights-era photograph of a line of White police officers in riot gear chasing a Black man), but most of the photos depict peaceful protest and uplifting art.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter, by Veronica Chambers, is a nonfiction book that combines text and photojournalism to tell the story of the Black Lives Matter movement and explain how it fits in the lineage of the U.S. civil rights movement that began in the mid-1950s. The text covers violence including the killing of Black people by police and civilians. There are a few mildly disturbing images (such as a civil rights-era photograph of a line of White police officers in riot gear chasing a Black man), but most of the photos depict peaceful protest and uplifting art.
Is It Any Good?
This beautiful, visual book of journalism connects the dots between history, current events, and how kids can empower themselves. In Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter, Veronica Chambers (Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote) tells the origin story of Black Lives Matter and provides context in historical and current events. One strength of the book is explaining the importance of social media in the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and comparing that to how iconic civil rights leaders of the past -- Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, the Greesnboro Four, and the Freedom Riders -- communicated with each other in the days before social media. They effectively impart the message that while tools and can be useful, strategies and relationships are more important.
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