Speak Up, Speak Out!: The Extraordinary Life of "Fighting Shirley Chisholm"

Coretta Scott King Honor author Tonya Bolden (Changing the Equation; Crossing Ebenezer Creek) pairs historical framework with zippy personal anecdotes in Speak Up, Speak Out!, an engaging biography of Shirley Chisholm. The trailblazer altered the course of history as the first Black woman in Congress and, later, the first from a major political party to run for United States president. Bolden covers Chisholm's education, early community activism and political triumphs and shortfalls in short sentences with a conversive tone, never shying away from the challenges Chisholm faced. This quick read, which includes a foreword by Stacey Abrams and thorough backmatter, should inspire readers "to not just support change-makers but to be one," just like "Fighting Shirley Chisholm." --Kit Ballenger, youth librarian, Help Your Shelf

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