Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Winter, Jonah.  Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015. An elderly African American woman stands at the bottom of a steep hill. "It's Voting Day, she's an American, and by God, she is going to vote". As Lillian slowly ascends the hill she thinks back to her great-great grandparents who were sold as slaves, her great grandpa who is briefly able to vote when the 15th Amendment is passed; the Jim Crow laws which keep her grandpa from voting; the 19th Amendment which gives the right to vote to women - but not to her grandmother - or her mama or Lillian herself. She thinks about the lives lost, the courageous struggles, the march from Selma to the Montgomery, Alabama State House - all the people who continued to speak out, march and demand the right to vote. And at the top of the hill, thinking about the 1965 Voting Rights Act, she enters the polling house - and pushes the lever. Lillian Votes. 2016 Honor Book for younger readers.


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