My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What an excellent introduction to the life and legacy of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. From reciting poetry and speeches, and participating in oratory contests in her youth to becoming a lawyer, Texas state senator, congresswoman and teacher. Barbara Jordan used her voice to make a difference; for justice and equality. And as I listened to her voice in a clip that I watched from her 1974 speech during the House Judiciary Committee presidential impeachment hearings (as the author suggests the reader view), I heard the voice of a woman who spoke with such power and purpose. I can’t help but admire a voice like that. Then I listened to her 1976 keynote address to the Democratic National Convention and man, the crowd gave her a nearly 3-minute long ovation! They were enamored with her and I too can’t help but love a voice like that. Her voice captivated the room with such conviction. I can’t help but respect a voice like that. Using her voice for change. May we all be encouraged to use our voices like that.
Chris Barton tells an exceptional story about an extraordinary woman and Euka Holmes’ illustrations are simply magnificent. I admire her work greatly! I definitely plan to add this book to my K-5 library collection. You will see the grade level on Amazon as PK-3rd but I would recommend 2nd-5th grade.
Chris Barton | https://www.chrisbarton.info/
Ekua Holmes | http://www.ekuaholmes.com/
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