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Candlewick Press (MA)

When We Say Black Lives Matter

When We Say Black Lives Matter

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In a powerful, poetic missive, award-winning author-illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke celebrates the meaning behind the words Black Lives Matter.

Little one, when we say Black Lives Matter,
we're saying Black people are wonderful-strong.
That we deserve to be treated with basic respect,
and that history's done us wrong. . . .

Darling, when we sing that Black Lives Matter,
and we're dancing through the streets,
we're saying: fear will not destroy our joy,
defiance in our feet.

In this joyful exploration of the Black Lives Matter motto, a loving narrator relays to a young Black child the strength and resonance behind the words. In family life, through school and beyond, the refrains echo and gain in power, among vignettes of protests and scenes of ancestors creating music on djembe drums. With deeply saturated illustrations rendered in jewel tones, Maxine Beneba Clarke offers a gorgeous, moving, and essential picture book.

Author: Maxine Beneba Clarke
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 09/07/2021
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 12.30h x 9.80w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781536222388
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 07/01/2021 pg. 46
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2021
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2021 - Book Of Special Distinction
Booklist 09/15/2021 pg. 45
Publishers Weekly 09/27/2021
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2022 pg. 78

About the Author
Maxine Beneba Clarke, a writer and slam poet champion of Afro-Caribbean descent, is the author of The Patchwork Bike, illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd. About When We Say Black Lives Matter, she says: "I see this picture book as an act of Black love--I was inspired to write and create it when thinking about how to explain the concept of Black Lives Matter to the young African diaspora kids in my extended family, living in over eight different countries across the world." Maxine Beneba Clarke lives in Australia.

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