This brilliant memoir-in-verse tells the moving story of how a nation learned to celebrate a hero. Through years of protests and petition, Kathlyn's story highlights the foot soldiers who fought to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday.Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round is a deeply moving middle grade memoir about what it means to be an everyday activist and foot solider for racial justice, as Kathlyn recounts how, drawn to activism from childhood, she went from attending protests as a teenager to fighting for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday to become a national holiday as an adult. A blueprint for kids starting down their own paths to civic awareness, it shows life beyond protests and details the sustained time, passion, and energy it takes to turn an idea into a law. Deftly weaving together monumental historical events with a heartfelt coming-of-age story and in-depth information on law making, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round is the perfect engaging example of how history can help inform the present.
Author: Kathlyn J. Kirkwood Publisher: Versify Published: 01/04/2022 Pages: 128 Binding Type: Hardcover Weight: 0.55lbs Size: 8.30h x 5.50w x 0.80d ISBN: 9780358387268 Audience: Ages 9-12
Review Citation(s): Booklist 12/15/2021 pg. 91
About the Author
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Kathlyn J. Kirkwood is the author of Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round: My Story of the Making of Martin Luther King Day. A retired college professor, Kathlyn focuses on writing for children and volunteering with underprivileged third- and fourth-grade students in the Nashville area. She has developed several innovative workshops that use trade books to help young people learn about the world beyond their immediate surroundings, and to inspire them with a love of reading.
Find out more about her at https: //www.kathlynjkirkwood.com