Title: Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights
Author: Jim Haskins
Illustrator: Benny Andrews
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Year: 2008 (paperback)
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 5.9
Concepts: discrimination, public services, jobs
Review: Westley Wallace Law grew up in Savannah, Georgia, at a time when segregation laws dictated that he drink at separate water fountains and attend a separate school. Westley grew angry that his mom and grandma experienced discriminatory treatment at work and in local stores. He vowed that some day he would become a leader in the black community and also support his mother so she no longer had to work as a domestic in someone else’s house.
As a young man, Westley took on leadership positions in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He helped African Americans pass tests that were required for voter registration, and he started training local students in non-violent protest methods that were put to the test during the Great Savannah Boycott in 1960. Westley’s job as mail carrier proved instrumental in establishing dialogues with people in the white community and cultivating an understanding of the need to end racial segregation.
Delivering Justice tells the important story of an unsung hero during the civil rights movement who fought for racial equality and social justice for African Americans. Carefully intertwined in this biographical account are some powerful lessons in economics related to discrimination by race and jobs in the public sector. This excellent book gets high marks for putting the spotlight on an inspiring leader and making his contributions accessible to younger readers.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children