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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Oct. 11 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763625922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763625924
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 30.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,251,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 2-4. With handsome, full-page illustrations in oil and collage, this picture-book biography tells the stirring story of a quiet hero, Westley (W. W.) Law, a mail carrier who played a leading role in the cvil rights movement. It begins with scenes of Law's growing up poor in segregated Savannah, sad to be separated from his mother, who must work in someone else's home, and angry that his people are insulted in the local department store. In 1942, Law joins the Youth Council of the NAACP and helps people register to vote. After college and the army, he is denied work as a teacher, so he becomes a mail carrier--a job he loves. A combination of realism and folk art, the dramatic illustrations show the beloved mailman leading students in nonviolent protests in Savannah in the 1960s and in his neighborhood. Haskins doesn't provide sources--not even for Law's thoughts and feelings--but the telling is strong, and a final full-page biography fills in the history. Pair this with Nikki Giovanni's Rosa (2005). Hazel Rochman
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About the Author

JIM HASKINS, the author of more than one hundred books, has an unparalleled background in nonfiction for young readers. He received the Coretta Scott King Medal for THE STORY OF STEVIE WONDER, and several other of his titles were named Coretta Scott King Honor Books. What the author most admires about W. W. Law, he says, is "his complete dedication to the causes in which he believed — first equal rights and later the preservation of historic sites of importance to black people. He was truly an unsung hero."

BENNY ANDREWS is a painter, printmaker, cultural leader, and arts advocate. His work can be found in more than thirty major museums. His other books for children include THE HICKORY CHAIR by Lisa Rowe Fraustino, PICTURES FOR MISS JOSIE by Sandra Belton, and SKY SASH SO BLUE by Libby Hathorn. Of DELIVERING JUSTICE he says, "Working on this book was very emotional for me — it was like reliving those times."

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Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Nov. 14 2008
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
A less-well known Civil Rights struggle Nov. 8 2012
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
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"Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights"
Written by Jim Haskins
Illustrated by Benny Andrews
(Candlewick Press, 2005)
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This is an excellent biographical picturebook presenting the story of Georgia-born Westley Wallace Law, a postal worker who helped
organize the nonviolent civil rights movement that desegregated the city of Savannah, Georgia in the early 1960s. As the book points out, Savannah's desegregation campaign was far less violent than in other Southern cities, in part because of the work that Law and his allies did to foster dialog between black and white citizens, gaining white support for a citywide boycott that lasted nearly two years, from 1960-61. The author does a good job presenting the kinds of injustices and prejudice that African-Americans faced in the 1940s and '50s, as seen through the eyes of the young W. W. Law, first as a child and then as a young man - the artwork by Benny Andrews is nicely textured, colorful and appealing. This book, which concentrates on a less well-known Southern battle, is an excellent resource for broadening young reader's knowledge of the American Civil Rights movement. Recommended! (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
A less-well known Civil Rights struggle Nov. 8 2012
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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"Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights"
Written by Jim Haskins
Illustrated by Benny Andrews
(Candlewick Press, 2005)
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This is an excellent biographical picturebook presenting the story of Georgia-born Westley Wallace Law, a postal worker who helped
organize the nonviolent civil rights movement that desegregated the city of Savannah, Georgia in the early 1960s. As the book points out, Savannah's desegregation campaign was far less violent than in other Southern cities, in part because of the work that Law and his allies did to foster dialog between black and white citizens, gaining white support for a citywide boycott that lasted nearly two years, from 1960-61. The author does a good job presenting the kinds of injustices and prejudice that African-Americans faced in the 1940s and '50s, as seen through the eyes of the young W. W. Law, first as a child and then as a young man - the artwork by Benny Andrews is nicely textured, colorful and appealing. This book, which concentrates on a less well-known Southern battle, is an excellent resource for broadening young reader's knowledge of the American Civil Rights movement. Recommended! (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
A Book Read to My Class for Black History Month March 22 2009
By M. Ciotti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was much enjoyed by one of my third grade classes. It gave them the information they needed to help them understand segregation and desegregation in our country's history.
An Award Winner Aug. 11 2007
By P. Silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This award-winning book is one of the best books I've seen for children, about Civil Rights. I recommend it. Wonderful!


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