Nomination: Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Winter, Jolilliannah. Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Illus. by Shane Evans.  2015. Unpaged. Schwartz and Wade, Random House. $17.99 (978-0385390293) Grades 1-6. (kdm)

Centenarian Lillian climbs a steep hill on the way to vote.  As she walks, she reflects upon her family’s history from her great-great grandparents who had their rights stripped away as they were forced into slavery,  to the angry crowds who jeered the 19th Amendment, the indignities of the 20th century poll taxes to the first time Lillian voted following the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  At the top of the hill, she votes; the summit of so many generations who worked to secure the vote.

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