The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights
by Carole Boston Weatherford
Publication Date: Nov 13, 2009
List Price: $17.00
Format: Hardcover, 36 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Parent Company: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Since the earliest days of slavery, African Americans have called on their religious faith in the struggle against oppression.
In this book the Beatitudes — from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount — form the backdrop for Carole Boston Weatherford’s powerful free-verse poem that traces the African American journey from slavery to civil rights.
Tim Ladwig’s stirring illustrations showcase a panorama of heroes in this struggle, from the slaves shackled in the hold of a ship to the first African American president taking his oath of office on the steps of the United States Capitol.
Readers of all ages will find this a book to return to again and again for encouragement and inspiration.