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
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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."