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.
“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