Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of1965

An elderly African American woman en route to vote remembers her family s tumultuous voting history..



As an elderly woman Lillian recalls that her great-great-grandparents were sold as slaves in front of a courthouse where only rich white men were allowed to vote then the long fight that led to her right–and determination–to cast her ballot since the Voting Rights Act gave every American the right to vote.

Review Quotes:
A much-needed picture book that will enlighten a new generation about battles won and a timely call to uphold these victories in the present. Kirkus Reviews “starred review
The illustrations are what truly distinguish this offering A powerful historical picture book. “School Library Journal s”tarred review
Simple yet powerful Lillian s narrative transforms a complex topic into an affecting story suitable for a younger audience making it a perfect introduction to voting and civil rights. An important book that will give you goose bumps. “Booklist “starred review
” Winter’s prose has a lofty oratorical quality…skillfully blending Lillian’s individual path to the voting booth with the historical context that made it possible…A valuable introduction to and overview of the civil rights movement. ” Publishers Weekly starred review

Marc Notes:
“As Lillian a 100-year-old African-American woman makes a ‘long haul up a steep hill’ to her polling place she sees more than trees and sky – she sees her family’s history. She sees the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her great-grandparents voting for the first time. She sees her parents try to register to vote. And she sees herself marching in a protest from Selma to Montgomery.” (publisher)

Reading Level – 5.6
Ages 6-10
40 pages


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