And We Rise

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A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores through the Civil Rights Movement in 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout.

In stunning verse and vivid use of white space, Erica Martin’s debut poetry collection walks readers through the Civil Rights Movement—from the well-documented events that shaped the nation’s treatment of Black people, beginning with the “Separate but Equal” ruling—and introduces lesser-known figures and moments that were just as crucial to the Movement and our nation’s centuries-long fight for justice and equality.

A poignant, powerful, all-too-timely collection that is both a vital history lesson and much-needed conversation starter in our modern world. Complete with historical photographs, author’s note, chronology of events, research, and sources.

from Viking Books for Young Readers

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An ABA Indies Introduce Selection
An ABA Indie Next Pick

An ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nominee
A School Library Journal Best [Poetry] Book, 2022
A NYPL Best Book for Teens, 2022

“Black-and-white archival photos, newspaper headlines, quotes, and brief, one-sentence historical references provide insight and add poignancy but never interfere with the flow. While each entry can stand alone, the power is magnified when the poems are read in sequence.” —Booklist

★ “…a call to action which compels readers to make a difference by starting with themselves.” —School Library Connection, STARRED review

★ “The impact of the poems in this powerful, necessary book is strengthened by the layout of the text and drives home the struggle for civil rights.” —School Library Journal, STARRED review