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A little known civil rights hero and college football MVP finally gets a voice in this fictional account detailing Chester Pierce's game-changing play as he became the first black college football player to compete south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
In 1947, no African American player can play at a southern school; in return, the opposing team benches a player of "equal talent." This historical fiction picture book frames a turbulent time in the civil rights era with the clever use of a football play to show race relations and teamwork. Inspired by a true story, capturing a historic defense against the Jim Crow laws of the South

Past Works

Savannah dislikes being new to Nashville. She feels like her life is a spiraling mess! Needless to say, Savannah is angry. She's upset at the unexpected loss of her dad, bitter that she had to leave her old school and feels empty without her friends. Savannah hates the idea of going to Robert Churchwell Elementary. She thinks it is a school she will never learn to love until her mom shares the significance of the man the school is named after Robert Churchwell. Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History, Gloria Respress-Churchwell's stirring American story of Robert Churchwell, her father-in-law, is told through Savannah's eyes, while Michael McBride's rich illustrations introduce readers to the amazing man who made history by using his gift of writing.

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