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The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist


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Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else.

So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher’s words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan—picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails!—she stepped right up and said, I’ll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il!

Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.

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ISBN-13: 9781481400701
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 64,026
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Levinson was in high school when Audrey Faye Hendricks marched to jail, and she knows she would not have been as brave as Audrey. But when she met Audrey forty-five years later, she knew she had to write a book about her for young readers. In addition to The Youngest Marcher, she has written about social justice in Watch Out for Flying Kids and We've Got a Job. She and her husband currently divide their time between Austin, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts.

Vanessa Brantley-Newton is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Mary Had a Little Glam. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family.

Tyla Collier is a trained actor, singer, dancer, and audiobook narrator who received her bachelor's degree in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory. She has performed professionally off-Broadway as well as in numerous regional theaters around the country. She currently resides in New York City. For more information, visit

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