The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes Cover

The Beatitudes

From Slavery to Civil Rights

By Carole Boston Weatherford; Tim Ladwig (Illustrator)

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780802853523, 36pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2009

Since the earliest days of slavery, African Americans have called on their religious faith in the struggle against oppression.In this book the Beatitudes -- from Jesus' famous Sermon on the Mount -- form the backdrop for Carole Boston Weatherford's powerful free-verse poem that traces the African American journey from slavery to civil rights.Tim Ladwig's stirring illustrations showcase a panorama of heroes in this struggle, from the slaves shackled in the hold of a ship to the first African American president taking his oath of office on the steps of the United States Capitol.Readers of all ages will find this a book to return to again and again for encouragement and inspiration.