Extraordinary Lives: Fighting for Equality

25 Feb Extraordinary Lives: Fighting for Equality

Black History Month is a great time to learn powerful stories of African Americans who helped make positive changes in the United States. The Civil Rights Era provided several inspiring people who demonstrated bravery and resilience in the face of extreme prejudice. Below are some biographies for teens that highlight young people involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Check these out from the public library today and be inspired by these ordinary people who made an extraordinary impact on American history.

  • March volumes 1-3, by John Lewis. This graphic novel biography series illustrates the experiences US Representative John Lewis had during his time with Martin Luther King, Jr., in their fight for Civil Rights.
  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. She was the youngest participant in the Selma March. By the time Lowery was 15 years old, she had already been arrested nine times for her involvement in Civil Rights protests.
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose. We’re all familiar with Rosa Parks and her refusal to give up her seat, prompting major national stories of equality in the South. But months before Rosa was arrested, teenager Claudette Colvin was arrested for the same protest.
  • March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Beals. One of the Little Rock Nine students, Beals became famous for her part in the desegregation of schools in Arkansas. This is her story of growing up in the South with Jim Crow laws, and how that shaped her into an activist fighting for positive changes.