Love Is Loud: How Diane Nash Led the Civil Rights Movement

S. & S./Paula Wiseman. Jan. 2023. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534451032.
Gr 2-6–Love can change something that is bad and harmful into something that is inclusive and equal. Diane Nash was a brave and effective civil rights activist and leader that helped break down racial and sexual barriers in the United States. Many people do not know her contributions to the advancement of social justice. Nash was raised in Chicago during World War II where racial segregation was at the fringes of her life; when she moved to Nashville, TN, to attend Fisk, a historically Black university, she faced racial segregation head on. Wallace tells Nash’s story using text boxes in a prose poetry style that highlights her personal values and characteristics in bold font. Collier dynamically complements Wallace’s words with engaging illustrations using watercolor and collage. Readers of all ages can be motivated and inspired by this heartfelt story of devotion and dedication to civil rights. This is a stunning, little-known story, and a welcome volume.
VERDICT Ending injustice through love and nonviolence, a quaint notion in these turbulent times, is a necessary message; purchase for public, school, and classroom libraries alike.

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