Anyone who is familiar with the civil rights movement knows about some of the struggles faced by those who diligently fought for equality for all people. The historical significance of the civil rights movement, and the victories which have been gained over the many years before and after, are what has helped this country come so far in making equality a reality.
One thing that many people may not realize is the spiritual aspect of the civil rights movement and of the African American culture. The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights, helps bring the spiritual strength and the civil rights movement into focus. Author Carol Boston Weatherford tells the story of the struggles and triumphs that were so necessary, and aligns it with the Beatitudes from the book of Matthew in the Bible. The lyrical text is written around the well known words of Christ, and stresses the similarities between what Christ taught the multitudes in His Sermon on the Mount and the spirituality of the people who fought for freedom and equality.
The illustrations in this book make it even more of a gem to own. Illustrator Tim Ladwig has created a visual feast of history and vision to go along with a story that makes parallels bringing it all together. Whether you collect children‘s literature, or simply want to add something to the family’s choice of good historical literature, this children’s book would be a wonderful choice. Reading this story will not only answer some questions about history, but will also offer the reader a look into the importance of the spiritual life as the fight for equality was in full force.
This book brings to life the story of fighting for something you believe in, while at the same time keeping your spiritual heritage alive during the steps taken to achieve your goal. The principles set forth in this story offer hope, give a view of dreams fulfilled, and stress the importance of being true to your own spiritual heritage, even in the midst of adversity.