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Mighty Justice: The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree (Young Readers' Edition)

By: Dovey Johnson Roundtree

Katie McCabe

Jabari Asim

A young reader's adaptation of Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights, the memoir of activist and trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree.

Before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat and before the young Freedom Riders rode into Montgomery, there was Dovey Johnson Roundtree, a black woman who made astonishing strides in the military, church, and courtroom during the Civil Rights Movement.

There are figures of the Civil Rights Movements who are still unknown to us—men and women who worked hard behind the scenes to make great change in America. One such woman was Dovey Johnson Roundtree, a trailblazing lawyer, minister, and army veteran who fought passionately for the rights of African Americans. Raised in Charlotte, NC, during the Jim Crow era, Dovey learned the face of inequality early in life and always moved toward justice. Made with the full support of the Dovey Roundtree Estate, this book brings her inspiring story to life.

Author’s note. Discussion questions. Important civil rights cases. Further reading. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9781250229007

JLG Release: Mar 2021


Sensitive Areas: Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: General
Topics: Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914-2018) , Black Americans , African Americans , Women lawyers , Law and legislation , Prejudice , Racism , Civil rights movements , Charlotte, North Carolina , Twentieth-century US history

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Gr 7-10–Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914–2018), an African American civil rights activist and attorney, learned from an early age that she was “as good as anybody.” She observed and absorbed how her mother and her grandmother carried themselves with dignity, served their church and their community, and never let the forces of white supremacy a Gr 7-10–Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914–2018), an African American civil rights activist and attorney, learned from an early age that she was “as good as anybody.” She observed and absorbed how her mother and her grandmother carried themselves with dignity, served their church and their community, and never let the forces of white supremacy and Jim Crow laws in Charlotte, NC, defeat them. This young readers’ edition of Roundtree’s inspiring memoir provides context and detailed insight into the historic events in which she took part. The text offers a snapshot of the times in which Roundtree lived and worked, as well as a thorough explanation of the court cases and the constitutional issues that were of critical importance in the dismantling of segregation. There are plenty of inspiring vignettes. For example, Roundtree and her mother moved to Atlanta after Roundtree graduated high school. They were hired as domestic workers for a wealthy family; the wages they earned were put toward Roundtree’s tuition at Spelman College. When her mother returned to Charlotte, Roundtree continued to work for the family until they became abusive. She worked very hard for her education and didn’t let her circumstances discourage her. An index, a chronology of key civil rights judicial rulings, and suggestions for further reading are included. VERDICT A moving memoir of a true American ­heroine. Highly recommended for junior high and high school nonfiction collections, and will especially appeal to those with a passion for social justice.–Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Blinn Junior College, Brenham, TX

Book Details

ISBN

9781250229007

First Release

March 2021

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: General

Topics

Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914-2018), Black Americans, African Americans, Women lawyers, Law and legislation, Prejudice, Racism, Civil rights movements, Charlotte, North Carolina, Twentieth-century US history,

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