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Lifting as We Climb by Evette Dionne
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Jan 04, 2022 | ISBN 9780451481559

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★”Dionne provides a detailed and comprehensive look at the overlooked roles African American women played in the efforts to end slavery and then to secure the right to vote for women, arguing that black women worked consistently for their communities in all areas. A lively and critical addition as the United States commemorates the centennial of women’s suffrage.”      
Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)

★ “The identification of African American women activists and the parts they played in American history is the strength of Dionne’s book…A must-purchase.”     
School Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

★ “Dionne pulls back the veil…offering up an essential work for middle graders that helps fill a gaping void.”      

“Dionne’s meticulous research provides insight into how Black women maneuvered the intersectionality [of women’s rights and African American rights]…She chronicles and champions each heroine who pushed through prejudice to contribute to the overall suffrage movement, as well as their contributions to their immediate communities.”     
Horn Book

“Evette Dionne is a seminal voice on our history, and a compelling writer on top of that. Every page feels like an urgent step toward learning the lessons of our past as they are terribly necessary today.”
Ashley C. Ford, culture journalist, podcast host, and author of Somebody’s Daughter

“Evette Dionne’s voice is the first streak of light that announces a new and exciting dawn. Lifting as We Climb is impressively researched, its structure crafted as a mosaic where characters weave in and out, their politics lacing their conversations and interactions with one another.”
Morgan Jerkins, NYT bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America 

Lifting as We Climb is the book everyone has been waiting for. Evette Dionne brings to life the stories of the African American suffragists and their immense impact on women gaining the right to vote.”
Susan Zimet, author of Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote

“This book is so much more about our future than about our past! Evette Dionne has created a more complete narrative of women’s history in America and with that inspires readers to realize a future which catapults each woman’s political potential.”
Amy Richards, author of We Are Makers and co-founder of Feminist Camp


Coretta Scott King Author Honor HONOR 2020

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children HONOR 2020

National Book Award for Young People’s Literature LONGLIST 2020

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