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Liberty's Civil Rights Road Trip
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An NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

2022 Winner of the Wilbur Award for Children's Book of the Year

Time to board the bus! Liberty and her friend Abdullah, with their families and a diverse group of passengers, head off to their first stop: Jackson, Mississippi. Next on their map are Glendora, Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, and finally Selma, for a march across the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge.

As told through the innocent view of a child, Liberty’s Civil Rights Road Trip serves as an early introduction to places, people, and events that transformed history. The story is inspired by an actual journey led by author Michael W. Waters, bringing together a multigenerational group to witness key locations from the civil rights movement. An author’s note and more information about each stop on Liberty’s trip offer ways for adults to expand the conversation with young readers.

A portion of the publisher's sales proceeds will be donated to Foot Soldiers Park in Selma, Alabama, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the history and continued relevance of the Selma movement.
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Michael W. Waters is an award-winning author, activist, professor, and pastor. His picture book For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World, illustrated by Keisha Morris, won the 2020 Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice and was named a Must-Read Book about Race by Essence. A sought-after speaker, he is a frequent commentator for major media outlets and has been honored for his work in peace and justice. Michael W. Waters lives in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit
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“On an interfaith, family-based road trip, a young Black girl visits important landmarks of the civil rights movement . . . A unique and valuable perspective.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This introduction to historic individuals and monumental locations is both inspiring and a useful teaching tool, and will see wide use in most collections.” —School Library Journal

“An accessible, anecdotal introduction to pivotal civil rights events and luminaries.” —Publishers Weekly

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