A young boy learns the significance of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Martin Luther King Jr. in this warmly illustrated picture book.
Fourth-grader Jamal got in trouble with the principal for fighting with another boy over the backseat of the school bus. When Grandpa Joe finds out, he sits Jamal down to tell him about a time when black boys could only sit at the back of the bus and how Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. fought to change things with the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A glossary and selected historical photographs are included.
Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea, Meet Danitra Brown, and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984, he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books and now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.