Stacey Abrams: Lift Every Voice
By Sarah Warren
Illustrated by Monica Mikai
Stacey Abrams is the daughter of two civil-rights activists. She loved going into the voting booth with her parents on Election Day, knowing that their voices mattered. She loved school, even when she was the only Black student in her gifted classes. She loved her classmates at Spelman College -- a historically Black institution -- and worked hard to see they received the fair treatment they deserved.
And today, she brings all those experiences to her role as politician, author, and voting-rights advocate, helping to ensure that every person has a say and every vote gets counted. Stacey Abrams: Lift Every Voice follows Stacey's life from her girlhood to the present, but it also portrays the ordinary people that Stacey fights for -- the beautiful and diverse America that shows up to stand with one another. Backmatter includes a timeline of changes in US voting-rights law from the Constitution through the present day, demonstrating both how far the country has come and how far we have to go. With its spirited text and vivid illustrations, Stacey Abrams: Lift Every Voice will inspire readers to take their own steps forward.
About the Creators
Sarah Warren writes picture books about people who inspire her, from Dolores Huerta to Beyoncé. Of Stacey Abrams, she says, "Her work helps me remember something important: Ordinary people have power. Justice, good leadership, public health, equality . . . everything we hope for is possible if we work together." An early childhood educator, Sarah lives with her family in the Twin Cities. Please visit her website at sarahwbooks.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @sarahelizwarren.
Monica Mikai believes the stories of our lives hold great power and is passionate about bringing those stories to life through her illustrations. She has a BA from Rider University and received her MFA in painting from the New York Studio School. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two sons. You can find her online at monicamikai.com and on Instagram at @monicamikai.