A Time to Act by Shana Corey
John F. Kennedy's Big Speech

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Use this to teach tolerance, equality, integration, social studies, and the fundamentals of American laws.
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Acclaimed author Shana Corey and New York Times Best Illustrated, Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning artist R. Gregory Christie deliver a fresh look at President John F. Kennedy and his relationship with the civil rights movement.

From prominent leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson to children and teenagers, it was the people speaking out and working for civil rights through sits-ins, freedom rides, and marches who led John F. Kennedy to take a stand.

And with his June 11, 1963, civil rights address, he did. 

This is the story of JFK—from his childhood to the events that led to his game-changing speech and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Corey and Christie offer a deeply human look at our country’s thirty-fifth president, underscoring how each one of us, no matter who we are, have the power to make a difference.

With quotes from JFK’s speeches, detailed back matter, and a thought-provoking author’s note, this biography—in time for what would be JFK's 100th birthday—offers a sensitive look at a tumultuous time in history and compelling questions about effecting positive change today.

About Shana Corey

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Shana Corey has written several picture books, among them Here Come the Girl Scouts!, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer, which the New York Times called “a picture book girls are likely to love.” and The Secret Subway, which Kirkus called "Absolutely wonderful in every way.” Learn more at shanacorey.com. R. Gregory Christie received the Caldecott Honor Award in 2016. He is a three-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration and a two-time recipient of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year Award. He’s also a recipient of the NAACP’s Image Award, The Boston Globe’s Horn Book Award, and the American Library Associations’ Theodore Seuss Geisel Award in Illustration. He lives in Georgia.
Published April 4, 2017 by NorthSouth Books. 56 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard on Apr 03 2017

Use this to teach tolerance, equality, integration, social studies, and the fundamentals of American laws.

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