Lillian's Right to Vote
Author: Jonah Winter
For Juniors/KS2
Price 12.99 hardback
Book(s) at 12.99 hardback
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Lillian's Right to Vote This picture book eloquently commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1965 legislation which removed the last impediment to full voting rights for African Americans in the USA. Lillian, in her 100th year, is making a slow but determined up hill journey to cast her vote, all the while reflecting on her family history.. By voting, she pays tribute to her great-great grandparents denied all rights as slaves, her great grandfather whose attempt to vote was curtailed by an unaffordable poll tax, an uncle subjected to a bogus test, her parents chased from the polling station by an angry mob, and to her own involvement in the protest marches of the 60's and the day when - finally - she was able to exercise her right. The illustrations reinforce this image of Lillian as a figure of great dignity and determination, setting her progress against a background of ghostly figures and dramatic scenes conjured up in her mind at different stages of her walk.