Publisher description for Delivering justice : W.W. Law and the fight for civil rights / Jim Haskins ; illustrated by Benny Andrews.
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A respected biographer teams up with an acclaimed artist to tell the story of the mail carrier who orchestrated the Great Savannah Boycott — and was instrumental in bringing equality to his community.
"Grow up and be somebody," Westley Wallace Law's grandmother encouraged him as a young boy living in poverty in segregated Savannah, Georgia. Determined to make a difference in his community, W.W. Law assisted blacks in registering to vote, joined the NAACP and trained protestors in the use of nonviolent civil disobedience, and, in 1961, led the Great Savannah Boycott. In that famous protest, blacks refused to shop in downtown Savannah. When city leaders finally agreed to declare all of its citizens equal, Savannah became the first city in the south to end racial discrimination.
A lifelong mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, W.W. Law saw fostering communication between blacks and whites as a fundamental part of his job. As this affecting, strikingly illustrated biography makes clear, this "unsung hero" delivered far more than the mail to the citizens of the city he loved.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Law, W. W. -- (Westley Wallace), -- 1923-2002 -- Juvenile literature.
African American civil rights workers -- Georgia -- Savannah -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Civil rights workers -- Georgia -- Savannah -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Georgia -- Savannah -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Civil rights movements -- Georgia -- Savannah -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Race relations -- Juvenile literature.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.