The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Tim Ladwig
Weatherford has taken Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and created a poem that follows African-American history from slavery through to the election of Barack Obama. The poem affirms that God has been with people even in slavery, during the Civil War, during the civil rights movement, and continues to be with them now. Readers will discover historical figures from various times in the book, including Rosa Parks, Emmett Till, Ruby Bridges and Martin Luther King, Jr. There are a wealth of heroes here, all surrounded by the strength of faith.
Weatherford’s words are strong and ringing. They both celebrate and mourn, moving ever onward to a brighter future. The book shines with a beautiful combination of faith and history. Ladwig’s illustrations add to that shine with strong people shown in moments of strength. Many of his paintings have interesting perspectives that make the book even more lovely.
Highly recommended, this is a book that truly captures the strength of a people. Appropriate for ages 6-10.