Howard Thurman's Great Hope

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This picture-book biography describes the bone-weary working conditions and unfair educational situation for African Americans in the segregated South as well as the uphill struggle of escaping poverty through education. Dawson’s realistic oil paintings capture the fatigue, hope, and dignity of Thurman and his hard-working family. An appended note summarizes Thurman’s subsequent education, lifetime accomplishments as a prominent minister, and his influence on Martin Luther King Jr and other civil rights leaders. Too few children know about Thurman, but his inspirational struggle to obtain an education make this a worthy title for social-studies units and Black History Month.