Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker
by Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Publication Date: Jan 14, 2020
List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Learn about the civil rights activist Ella Baker in this informative, lyrical picture book from Sibert Honor winner Patricia Hruby Powell and Caldecott Honor winner R. Gregory Christie. "What do you hope to accomplish?" asked Ella Baker’s granddaddy when she was still a child.
Her mother provided the answer: "Lift as you climb." Long before the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, Ella Baker worked to lift others up by fighting racial injustice and empowering poor African Americans to stand up for their rights. Her dedication and grassroots work in many communities made her a valuable ally for leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and she has been ranked as one of the most influential women in the civil rights movement. In the 1960s she worked to register voters and organize sit-ins, and she became a teacher and mentor to many young activists. For Ella, the spotlight wasn’t as important as asking the people around her: "What do you hope to accomplish?"