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A brilliant picture book biography about Thurgood Marshall, who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement and served as the first Black justice on the Supreme Court, from Coretta Scott King Honor winners Kekla Magoon and Laura Freeman. Growing up in Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall could see that things weren’t fair. The laws said that Black and white people couldn’t A brilliant picture book biography about Thurgood Marshall, who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement and served as the first Black justice on the Supreme Court, from Coretta Scott King Honor winners Kekla Magoon and Laura Freeman. Growing up in Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall could see that things weren’t fair. The laws said that Black and white people couldn’t use the same schools, parks, or water fountains. When Thurgood had to read the Constitution as punishment for a prank at school, his eyes were opened. It was clear to him that Jim Crow laws were wrong, and he was willing to do whatever it took to change them. His determination to make sure all Americans were treated equally led him to law school and then the NAACP, where he argued cases like Brown v. Board of Education in front of the Supreme Court. But to become a Justice on the highest court in the land, Thurgood had to make space for himself every step of the way. Readers will be inspired by Kekla Magoon’s concise text and Laura Freeman’s luminous illustrations, which bring Thurgood Marshall’s incredible legacy and achievements to life.


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A brilliant picture book biography about Thurgood Marshall, who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement and served as the first Black justice on the Supreme Court, from Coretta Scott King Honor winners Kekla Magoon and Laura Freeman. Growing up in Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall could see that things weren’t fair. The laws said that Black and white people couldn’t A brilliant picture book biography about Thurgood Marshall, who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement and served as the first Black justice on the Supreme Court, from Coretta Scott King Honor winners Kekla Magoon and Laura Freeman. Growing up in Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall could see that things weren’t fair. The laws said that Black and white people couldn’t use the same schools, parks, or water fountains. When Thurgood had to read the Constitution as punishment for a prank at school, his eyes were opened. It was clear to him that Jim Crow laws were wrong, and he was willing to do whatever it took to change them. His determination to make sure all Americans were treated equally led him to law school and then the NAACP, where he argued cases like Brown v. Board of Education in front of the Supreme Court. But to become a Justice on the highest court in the land, Thurgood had to make space for himself every step of the way. Readers will be inspired by Kekla Magoon’s concise text and Laura Freeman’s luminous illustrations, which bring Thurgood Marshall’s incredible legacy and achievements to life.

30 review for The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patti Sabik

    Wonderful biographical tribute with brilliant illustrations. Nice timeline of his life and landmark cases at the end.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy is a children's picture book written by Kekla Magoon and illustrated by Laura Freeman. Born, raised, and educated in segregated early-20th-century Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall did not allow what he saw around him to determine who he could become. Thurgood Marshall was an American lawyer and civil rights activist who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marsh The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy is a children's picture book written by Kekla Magoon and illustrated by Laura Freeman. Born, raised, and educated in segregated early-20th-century Baltimore, Thurgood Marshall did not allow what he saw around him to determine who he could become. Thurgood Marshall was an American lawyer and civil rights activist who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's first African-American justice. Magoon's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and informative. Magoon employs a measured tone throughout, emphasizing Marshall’s concern with fairness alongside plenty of biographical details, including his two marriages, the second of which defied anti-miscegenation laws. Backmatter includes a timeline of Marshall's life, a list of his major cases, and a bibliography for further reading. Freeman’s layered digital illustrations enrich the narrative. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. It is an overview of the life of Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, covering his early-20th-century childhood in segregated Baltimore, his persistent fight against segregation, his initiation as the first Black member of the Supreme Court in 1967, and his death in 1993. All in all, The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy is wonderfully written and will serve to empower children who feel as powerless as Thurgood Marshall once felt.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    The Highest Tribute tells the story of the amazing Thurgood Marshall, a man who knew even as a young child that he wanted to fight for justice for all in the world. He became a lawyer and then a judge, and he finally ended up as America's first black Supreme Court justice. A noble story of a noble man. The Highest Tribute tells the story of the amazing Thurgood Marshall, a man who knew even as a young child that he wanted to fight for justice for all in the world. He became a lawyer and then a judge, and he finally ended up as America's first black Supreme Court justice. A noble story of a noble man.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dana Grimes

    Fascinating biography picture book with a great overview of his life and contributions. The author's notes at the end highlight the important cases he participated in. Fascinating biography picture book with a great overview of his life and contributions. The author's notes at the end highlight the important cases he participated in.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roben

    I am guessing most people have at least heard the name Thurgood Marshall and know that he was the first black Supreme Court Justice, nominated by President Lyndon Johnson. I didn't know that part - that he was nominated by LBJ. Or that his name was originally Thoroughgood but when he was in 2nd grade, he decided to change it to Thurgood. That was one of many things that Thurgood would change in his lifetime! He was born in Baltimore and saw that black people were certainly separated from whites I am guessing most people have at least heard the name Thurgood Marshall and know that he was the first black Supreme Court Justice, nominated by President Lyndon Johnson. I didn't know that part - that he was nominated by LBJ. Or that his name was originally Thoroughgood but when he was in 2nd grade, he decided to change it to Thurgood. That was one of many things that Thurgood would change in his lifetime! He was born in Baltimore and saw that black people were certainly separated from whites and that it was not an equal separation. He wanted to make things change. His father, a porter, would take Thurgood and his brother to hear court cases. Then they would debate them at the dinner table. His parents did not want their children to live with the same discrimination they did so they encouraged their children to change things - which Thurgood definitely did. I am a big fan of Kekla Magoon and learned a lot by reading this biography. I encourage you to read this book and other books by her!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    A biographical look at the life of Thoroughgood Marshall. The first of many changes he made was changing his name to Thurgood. This led to many firsts in his life, and major accomplishments. This book is well written, with excellent art work, a time line, and list of major court cases that Thurgood Marshall was a part of. A must read for the young reader, and anyone else interested in America's Laws and how some were changed for the betterment of everyone. A biographical look at the life of Thoroughgood Marshall. The first of many changes he made was changing his name to Thurgood. This led to many firsts in his life, and major accomplishments. This book is well written, with excellent art work, a time line, and list of major court cases that Thurgood Marshall was a part of. A must read for the young reader, and anyone else interested in America's Laws and how some were changed for the betterment of everyone.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jj

    Very good text and fantastic subject matter here, but the illustrations fell flat for me and made this something of a boring read. I would have liked to see more lively illustrations in a different style here. These are just a little too flat and dull and don't do justice (terrible pun fully intended) to Thurgood Marshall while introducing him to young readers. Very good text and fantastic subject matter here, but the illustrations fell flat for me and made this something of a boring read. I would have liked to see more lively illustrations in a different style here. These are just a little too flat and dull and don't do justice (terrible pun fully intended) to Thurgood Marshall while introducing him to young readers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    An informative picture book biography. Also includes information about several of the important cases that Justice Marshall worked on. My child needed a bit of explanation for some of the terms, but overall a good read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Katelynne

    This is a comprehensive picture book biography of Thurgood Marshall, and I appreciated the backmatter sharing the timeline of his life and the major court cases he was involved in as an attorney, judge, solicitor general, or Supreme Court justice.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A great introduction to this remarkable man and the incredible work he did. The illustrations weren't my favorite but I loved the overview of his life. A great introduction to this remarkable man and the incredible work he did. The illustrations weren't my favorite but I loved the overview of his life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Another really good new nonfiction title introducing the life of Thurgood Marshall through an accessible picture book biography.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    A nice picture book biography of a man who made history.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A concise, accessible introduction to the legendary Civil Rights attorney and first Black Supreme Court Justice.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Helen Ishmurzin

    Truly inspirational!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ron Turner

    I like how it focused on his entire life, not just the Supreme Court years or the "Brown V. Board of Education" case. I like how it focused on his entire life, not just the Supreme Court years or the "Brown V. Board of Education" case.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    For those visiting the nation's capital of the United States, they are setting foot in a place steeped in the remarkable words and actions of individuals from the past to present day. Countless women and men have worked to build visible structures and to ensure the Constitution in its entirety is upheld for We the People. For many, more than others, the challenges started at the beginning and continue. Their resolve has led us closer to forming a more perfect Union. One such individual is portraye For those visiting the nation's capital of the United States, they are setting foot in a place steeped in the remarkable words and actions of individuals from the past to present day. Countless women and men have worked to build visible structures and to ensure the Constitution in its entirety is upheld for We the People. For many, more than others, the challenges started at the beginning and continue. Their resolve has led us closer to forming a more perfect Union. One such individual is portrayed in a collaboration of two Coretta Scott King Honor winners in The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy (Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, January 5, 2021) written by Kekla Magoon with illustrations by Laura Freeman. My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Excellent Picture Book on Their good Marshall A moving picture book about Thurgood Marshall with beautiful illustrations. It tells a complete story of his life in a format that's great for young elementary students or ones learning English. Excellent Picture Book on Their good Marshall A moving picture book about Thurgood Marshall with beautiful illustrations. It tells a complete story of his life in a format that's great for young elementary students or ones learning English.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Gibbons

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stella

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Teut

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annalisa

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jill

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  27. 4 out of 5

    A

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Dittmar

  29. 4 out of 5

    Em

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy

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