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Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Stirring graphic novel about a pioneering activist athlete.

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This heartfelt and emotional autobiography is a masterful example of storytelling. The way authors Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes weave historical events into the life journey of such a remarkable person is seamless, making this book a wonderful way to familiarize teen readers with major figures and moments in civil rights history. Vivid, breathtaking illustrations by Emmy Award-winning artist Dawud Anyabwile help the characters jump off the page, whether in motion on the track or in deep conversations with friends and family.

For teens interested in sports, activism, and the intersection between the two, Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice should be required reading. Everyone, however, can enjoy and learn from this civil rights hero's reflective memoir about his brave and costly gesture that inspired the world and reverberates to this day.

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