And We Rise
In stunning verse and vivid use of white space, Erica Martin’s debut poetry collection walks readers through the Civil Rights Movement—from the well-documented events that shaped the nation’s treatment of Black people, beginning with the “Separate but Equal” ruling—and introduces lesser-known figures and moments that were just as crucial to the Movement and our nation’s centuries-long fight for justice and equality.
A poignant, powerful, all-too-timely collection that is both a vital history lesson and much-needed conversation starter in our modern world. Complete with historical photographs, author’s note, chronology of events, research, and sources.
Publisher: Viking Children's / Penguin Random House
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
"The impact of the poems in this powerful, necessary book is strengthened by the layout of the text and drives home the struggle for civil rights. A strong first purchase." —Tamara Saarinen, School Library Journal
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Erica Martin was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She enjoys making a difference in the world through political activism, reading, and writing. When she’s not reading and writing, you can find her editing, baking pies, or re-watching “The Vampire Diaries” for the millionth time.
Her nonfiction poetry collection, AND WE RISE: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN POEMS, is forthcoming from Viking Books for Young Readers February 1, 2022.
Tags: YA, Nonfiction, Poetry, BIPOC