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The first step: how one girl put segregation on trial

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Junior Library Guild Selection 2017 Orbis Pictus Honor Book Chicago Public LibraryKids Best of the Best Book 2016 A Nerdy Book Club Best Nonfiction Book of 2016 An NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book of 2017

In 1847, a young African American girl named Sarah Roberts was attending a school in Boston. Then one day she was told she could never come back. She didn't belong. The Otis School was for white children only.

Sarah deserved an equal education, and the Roberts family fought for change. They made history. Roberts v. City of Boston was the first case challenging our legal system to outlaw segregated schools. It was the first time an African American lawyer argued in a supreme court.

These first steps set in motion changes that ultimately led to equality under the law in the United States. Sarah's cause was won when people--black and white--stood together and said, No more. Now, right now, it is time for change!

With gorgeous art from award-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis, The First Step is an inspiring look at the first lawsuit to demand desegregation--long before the American Civil Rights movement, even before the Civil War.

Backmatter includes: integration timeline, bios on key people in the book, list of resources, and author's note.

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subject_facet African Americans -- Education -- Massachusetts -- Juvenile literature, African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- Juvenile literature, Discrimination in education -- Law and legislation -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Juvenile literature, Roberts, Sarah C., -- 1844- -- Trials, litigation, etc. -- Juvenile literature, Segregation in education -- Law and legislation -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Juvenile literature, Segregation in education -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Juvenile literature
title_display The first step : how one girl put segregation on trial
title_full The First Step How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial, The first step : how one girl put segregation on trial / by Susan E. Goodman ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis
title_short The first step :
title_sub how one girl put segregation on trial
topic_facet African Americans, Biography & Autobiography, Discrimination in education, Education, History, Juvenile Nonfiction, Law and legislation, Legal status, laws, etc, Roberts, Sarah C, Segregation in education, Trials, litigation, etc