Here are all the "Wee Pals" characters, including Nipper with his whiskered dog, General Lee, dancing Diz, basketball-loving Ralph. bespectacled Trinh, and Charlotte with her pet parrot perched on the handles of her wheelchair. They educate each other about the deeds of Martin and Coretta King, James Baldwin, Thurgood Marshall. Harriet Tubman, Medgar Evers, and many other well-known and lesser-known black Americans.
From Crispus Attucks, the first American killed by British soldiers in the War of Independence, to Naomi Anderson, a pioneer in the black woman's suffrage movement, to Mary Elizabeth Bowser, who risked her life as a spy during the Civil War, each story is told with Turner's trademark subtlety, sophistication.