Goodman, Susan E. The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2017. First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial spotlights the first decisive action in the long history of African American efforts to desegregate schools by law. Banned from a nearby school for white children only, young Sarah Roberts must travel from one side of Boston to the other to attend a poorly supplied, understaffed, school for black children. Her parents fight back against this injustice and bring a case against the city carried by Robert Morris, the one of the first African American lawyers in the U.S. and by Charles Sumner, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and fervent abolitionist. While Sarah's case is unsuccessful, it is the first step on the road to the groundbreaking Brown v. Board of Education nearly 100 years later and to the systemic change underway today. Lewis' warm watercolor illustrations effectively dramatize and personalize this highly accessible book for young readers. A 2107 Honor book for younger readers.
Jane Addams Criteria: Breaking cycles of fear, Overcoming prejudice, People peacably settling disputes (with a special emphasis on diverse makeup and outlook), Solving problems courageously and non-violently, Thinking creatively and humanely about injustice and conflict past or present real or fictionalized