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The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Inspiring, educational story of 1800s civil rights heroes.

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This important and overlooked episode in civil rights history is as educational as it is inspirational. In the well-written and straightforward telling of these schoolgirls' struggle against institutional racism, social justice heroes Charles Sumner, a prominent white lawyer who endorsed Sarah's case, and Robert Morris, the first African-American lawyer to file a lawsuit and become a judge, are given their proper place in history as trailblazers who set the precedent for the legal argument for "equality under the law," a phrase Sumner coined.

Award-winning illustrator E.B. Lewis' vivid watercolors bring life to the courtroom drama and the bleak reality of racism that has for so long endured in America.

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