Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
by Mara Rockliff, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Publication Date: Jan 11, 2022
List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Early Reader
Imprint: Random House Studio
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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An inspiring picture-book biography about the woman whose cooking helped feed and fund the Montgomery bus boycott of 1956, from an award-winning illustrator.
Georgia Gilmore was cooking when she heard the news Mrs. Rosa Parks had been arrested—pulled off a city bus and thrown in jail all because she wouldn’t let a white man take her seat. To protest, the radio urged everyone to stay off city buses for one day: December 5, 1955. Throughout the boycott—at Holt Street Baptist Church meetings led by a young minister named Martin Luther King, Jr.—and throughout the struggle for justice, Georgia served up her mouth-watering fried chicken, her spicy collard greens, and her sweet potato pie, eventually selling them to raise money to help the cause.
Here is the vibrant true story of a hidden figure of the civil rights movement, told in flavorful language by a picture-book master, and stunningly illustrated by a Caldecott Honor recipient and seven-time Coretta Scott King award-winning artist.