The Beatitudes

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

Description
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.


About the Author
Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom", winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award; and "Becoming Billie Holiday", winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. She is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carole lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.

Tim Ladwig has illustrated more than fifteen picture books, including Psalm Twenty-Three, The Lord's Prayer, and Good King Wenceslas. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his wife and three children.