A Song For The Unsung: Bayard Rustin, The Man Behind The 1963 March On Washington

ISBN-10: 1250779502
ISBN-13: 9781250779502
Author: Weatherford, Carole Boston and Rob Sanders
Illustrated by: McCray, Byron
Interest Level: 1-6
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Publication Date: November 2022

Copyright: 2022

Page Count: 40

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Interest Level

Grades 1-6

Reading Level

Lexile: 790L

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century


A singular, richly illustrated picture book biography of Bayard Rustin, the gay Black man behind the March on Washington of 1963, by the acclaimed authors of Unspeakable: the Tulsa Race Massacre and Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag . On August 28, 1963, a quarter of a million activists and demonstrators from every corner of the United States convened for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was there and then that they raised their voices in unison to call for racial and economic justice for all Black Americans, to call out inequities, and ultimately to advance the Civil Rights Movement. Every movement has its unsung heroes: individuals who work in the background without praise or accolades, who toil and struggle without notice. One of those unsung heroes was at the center of some of the most important decisions and events of the Civil Rights Movement. That hero was a quiet man, a gay African American man. He was Bayard Rustin. Carole Boston Weatherford and Rob Sanders's A Song for the Unsung, featuring illustrations from artist Byron McCray, is an inspiring story that answers one of our nation.s greatest calls to action by honoring one of the men who made it happen.
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