Civil Rights, Read Your World

Talkin’ about Besse By Nikki Grimes

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Back of Book: Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn’t do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn’t let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African -American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination.

My Review: I love finding stories that discuss the amazing advances that women have made throughout history. I found this story particularly intriguing because it is written from other people’s perspectives of her. It begins with her parents and continues to the perspectives of her siblings, classmates, and people who interacted with her. The book discusses her love of knowledge and her determination to fly in a plane. I think this is a great book to bring out for Black History Month or a look at strong women. This is also a good story to do a book report on.

Ages 9 and up

48 pages

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