by Dennis Brindell Fradin & Judith Bloom Fradin
Mary Church Terrell had a privileged upbringing. Not only did she graduate high school, but she was one of very few women who went to and graduated college. And she wasn’t just at college to find a husband, she was there to learn! What makes Mary’s accomplishment in this even more extraordinary, was the fact that she was African American. Mary didn’t stop her accomplishments with graduating college, she led the fight to stop segregation in Washington DC restaurants through picketing and lawsuits. She believed that just because her skin as a different color she should not be banned from eating in certain restaurants. She knew that it was only ignorance that led people follow segregation laws, and she was determined to show people they were wrong.
This book is an interesting read about a woman who broke a lot of barriers in her day. The fact that she had such a privileged upbringing and was so dedicated to making life better for others is very moving. She was well educated, which gave her arguments against segregation a lot more sway than they might have had otherwise. She is a very strong woman, which makes a book about her a great motivational tool for tweens of both genders. In addition, the book looks at segregation policies very frankly. It’s a great book about someone who isn’t as well known for her work during the civil rights movement, but should be.