Fight On!: Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration

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The acclaimed civil rights leader Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954) is brought vividly to life in this well researched and compelling biography. The daughter of an ex-slave, Terrell was considered the best-educated black woman of her time. She was the first African American member of the Washington, D.C., Board of Education, and a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). But perhaps her greatest triumph was waging a successful battle—at the age of 90—to integrate ...

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Overview

The acclaimed civil rights leader Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954) is brought vividly to life in this well researched and compelling biography. The daughter of an ex-slave, Terrell was considered the best-educated black woman of her time. She was the first African American member of the Washington, D.C., Board of Education, and a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). But perhaps her greatest triumph was waging a successful battle—at the age of 90—to integrate Washington, D.C., restaurants, a campaign that touched off similar protests throughout the nation. Counting such noted leaders as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Ida B. Wells among her friends, Mary Church Terrell was an important and influential woman in the battle for integration.

Once again, Dennis and Judith Fradin have drawn an inspiring portrait of courage and determination in the face of intolerance and injustice. Endnotes, bibliography, index.

Profiles the first black Washington, D.C. Board of Education member, who helped to found the NAACP and organized of pickets and boycotts that led to the 1953 Supreme Court decision to integrate D.C. area restaurants.

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"Period photographs, news clippings and more lend this inviting volume about an extraordinary leader a sense of immediacy." PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY Publishers Weekly

"inspiring story...enticing language...attractive...easy to read...visual appeal...effectively bring(s) the reader into her pursuit for equality." VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"carefully researched, fascinating biography...a clear and compelling look at the social history of the time...rich historical context..inspiring" SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW School Library Journal, Starred

"well-researched biography...Though most...people have never heard of...Terrell...her story is worth knowing...very readable and handsomely designed." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"firsthand accounts...bring forward her voice and personality...black-and-white photos...(and) archival images...enhance the book throughout...Rightly emphasizing...triumph." THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE Horn Book

Publishers Weekly
Fight On!: Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin recounts the tale of a girl born to slaves in 1865, who went on to become an early civil rights leader with a career spanning 60 years. Mary Eliza Church, or "Mollie," who graduated from Oberlin College in 1884, was "the first black woman appointed to the Washington, D.C., Board of Education" and a cofounder of the NAACP. Even at age 87, Church picketed Kresge's for "maintain[ing] color barriers." Period photographs, news clippings and more lend this inviting volume about an extraordinary leader a sense of immediacy. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Inspiration, motivation and education are, at the very least, things that a person will take with them upon the conclusion of this book about the early civil rights leader who lived from 1863 to 1954, two months shy of her 91st birthday. Ms. Terrell's (Mollie, as her family called her) achievements covered the better part of sixty years; from being the first African woman appointed to the Board of Education in Washington, D.C. to helping establish the NAACP. Unflagging in her determination to end segregation and at the age of almost ninety, she waged a campaign that ultimately ended segregationist laws in the U.S. The black-and-white photographs and newspaper articles found throughout the book add immensely to the tenor of the book. A marvelous biography of a true leader; it would be a spectacular resource in a prominent women or African American unit. The authors, who live in Evanston, Illinois, have collaborated on two other books: the multi award winning Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement and Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves. 2003, Clarion Books,
— Cindy Carolan
VOYA
One can hardly mention civil rights without noting the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909, and in turn, the NAACP cannot be mentioned without a nod to one of its determined founders, Mary Eliza (Mollie) Church Terrell. The daughter of former slaves, she received her education in Oberlin, Ohio, and became a lifelong advocate of civil rights for oppressed people of all colors. Terrell did everything in her power to end segregation in the nation's capital and ensure that all people were treated fairly under the law. This inspiring story is told in enticing language that is simple yet does not talk down to the reader. The cover is attractive and the layout is easy to read, with period photographs and illustrations that add to the visual appeal. Church's family tree appears in the opening, and the index, bibliography, and source notes will prove quite useful to a student looking to do a report on Terrell's role in the history of civil rights. Rather than start at the beginning, the book opens with an example of one of the many battles Terrell fought for civil rights, effectively bringing the reader into her pursuit for equality between blacks and whites. The images of segregated life in Washington, D.C., are honest and sharp but not brutal. Index. Photos. Charts. Biblio. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Clarion, 182p, Kraft
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Born to former slaves, this often unheralded civil rights leader spent much of her life fighting for equal rights. Archival photographs, reproductions, and primary source material add immediacy to a convincingly told and impressive biography. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618133499
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/20/2003
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Brindell Fradin is the author of many books for young readers, including the well-received SAMUEL ADAMS: THE FATHER OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE and, with coauthor and wife Judith Bloom Fradin, IDA B. WELLS: MOTHER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Judith Bloom Fradin has collaborated with Dennis Brindell Fradin

on several award-winning books for young readers, includinng Fight On! Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration, selected as one of 2004's Best Books for Young Adults among other honors. The Fradins live in Evanston, Illinois

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