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I am the Lord your God. I was with the Africans who were torn from the Motherland and cramped in holds of ships on the Middle Passage from Africa to the Americas. I heard them chant: Kum ba ya, kum ba ya.
I was with Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and James Varick, who founded churches where African Americans could praise the Lord and shout "Hallelujah!" I rang the church bells.
I was with Harriet Tubman when she fled slavery. As she led others out of bondage, I was the star guiding them north.
I was with the U.S. Colored Troops who fought to end slavery during the Civil War. I beat the drum for freedom.
I was with Booker T. Washington and Mary McLeod Bethune, who built colleges and lit the way for young minds. I was the lamp.
I was with Marian Anderson when she sang spirituals on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution barred her from performing in their concert hall. I was the microphone.
I was with Rosa Parks when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery city bus. And I was with the citizens who walked rather than ride buses during the boycott. I was their shoes.
I was with the mother of fourteen-year-old lynching victim Emmett Till. As she stood at his casket, sobbing, I was the shoulder she leaned on.
I was on the Freedom Rides and at the lunch counter sit-ins. I sat alongside the protesters.
I was with Martin Luther King Jr. when he shared his dream of brotherhood at the March on Washington. And when peaceful protesters in the Selma to Montgomery march were beaten by police on an Alabama bridge, I nursed the wounded.
I was with six-year-old Ruby Bridges when angry whites heckled her as she entered an all-white elementary school to become its first black student. I held her hand.
I was with Mississippi political organizer Fannie Lou Hamer when she got sick and tired of being sick and tired and demanded the right to vote. When she breathed song into the struggle, I shook the tambourine.
Excerpted from THE BEATITUDES by Carole Boston Weatherford Copyright © 2010 by Carole Boston Weatherford. Excerpted by permission of William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Posted May 9, 2010
What a great tool to counter the cultural stereotyping and racism that is so much a part of American society.
Author Weatherford's pen is poetic as she walks readers through the history of the Black experience from the ships that carried spiritual-singing slaves through centuries of segregation and bigotry to the hard-fought years of the Civil Rights movement and even up to the glory of the election of the first African-American U.S. President.
The background music for the journey is the Beatitudes, that striking teaching of Jesus that is captured in Matthew's Gospel (Chapter 5: 3-12).
As your read about the heroes and heroines among Black Americans and see their images in Ladwig's colorful paintings, you can't help but recall the phrase "blessed are" for each and every one. Some are their names are well-known to adults - Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. - but may be new to the young readers for whom this Eerdmans title is intended. Other names will be new to adults as well.
Thankfully, a brief biographical paragraph of each individual is included in the back of the book. These short sketches will be educational for young and old alike.
This is a great book to buy for the young readers in your life. Cheat, though. Read it yourself before wrapping it as a gift. Better yet, have that young reader read it aloud to you. You'll both be blessed.
Posted February 1, 2011
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