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A young reader's adaptation of Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights, the memoir of activist and trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree, by Katie McCabe. Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the height of Jim Crow, Dovey Johnson Roundtree felt the sting of inequality at an early age and made a point to speak up for justice. She was one of the first Black women to break th A young reader's adaptation of Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights, the memoir of activist and trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree, by Katie McCabe. Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the height of Jim Crow, Dovey Johnson Roundtree felt the sting of inequality at an early age and made a point to speak up for justice. She was one of the first Black women to break the racial and gender barriers in the US Army; a fierce attorney in the segregated courtrooms of Washington, DC; and a minister in the AME church, where women had never before been ordained as clergy. In 1955, Roundtree won a landmark bus desegregation case that eventually helped end "separate but equal" and dismantle Jim Crow laws across the South. Developed with the full support of the Dovey Johnson Roundtree Educational Trust and adapted from her memoir, this book brings her inspiring, important story and voice to life. A Junior Library Guild Selection


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A young reader's adaptation of Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights, the memoir of activist and trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree, by Katie McCabe. Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the height of Jim Crow, Dovey Johnson Roundtree felt the sting of inequality at an early age and made a point to speak up for justice. She was one of the first Black women to break th A young reader's adaptation of Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights, the memoir of activist and trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree, by Katie McCabe. Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the height of Jim Crow, Dovey Johnson Roundtree felt the sting of inequality at an early age and made a point to speak up for justice. She was one of the first Black women to break the racial and gender barriers in the US Army; a fierce attorney in the segregated courtrooms of Washington, DC; and a minister in the AME church, where women had never before been ordained as clergy. In 1955, Roundtree won a landmark bus desegregation case that eventually helped end "separate but equal" and dismantle Jim Crow laws across the South. Developed with the full support of the Dovey Johnson Roundtree Educational Trust and adapted from her memoir, this book brings her inspiring, important story and voice to life. A Junior Library Guild Selection

49 review for Mighty Justice (Young Readers' Edition): The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sunday

    From page one, I wanted to know this woman named Dovey Johnson Roundtree-- a key (but lesser known) figure in the civil rights movement. Her personal protests against racism changed the way Black female members of the Women's Army Corp were treated during World War II. As a lawyer, some of the court cases she won set a precedent for decisions on other cases. She was amazing!!!! Katie McCabe is the author of adult version & Jabari Asim is the author of adaptation for young adults. Along with typi From page one, I wanted to know this woman named Dovey Johnson Roundtree-- a key (but lesser known) figure in the civil rights movement. Her personal protests against racism changed the way Black female members of the Women's Army Corp were treated during World War II. As a lawyer, some of the court cases she won set a precedent for decisions on other cases. She was amazing!!!! Katie McCabe is the author of adult version & Jabari Asim is the author of adaptation for young adults. Along with typical bio details there are many moments of tension that make you want to turn the page and see what happens next, moments when you think, "Oh goodness. That's awful. What's she going to do now?" and then Roundtree figures out how to overcome yet another obstacle. Think this would be a good fit for 7th-12th grade students who have particular interests in civil rights or in law. I'd recommend teachers "book talk" this book by sharing or reading aloud excerpts and then leaving students hanging so they'll want to read more. "What happened when the bus driver was so rude to Dovey and her grandmother? You'll have to read to find out!" "What happened to this court case? Were they able to help their client get justice? You'll have to read to find out!" For students who are contemplating going to law school (maybe 8th grade and above), teachers might recommend this book during a reading conference and maybe discuss some of the cases as a way to spark their interest. LOVED McCabe's note at the end. McCabe describes the tight relationship she developed with Dovey Johnson Roundtree over several years and how they addressed the issue of McCabe being a white author writing about a Black person. After reading the book and getting to know Dovey Roundtree, I was not surprised that she embraced (and educated) McCabe.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Born in 1914, Roundtree had a varied and important career made all the more impressive by the difficulties she faced at every turn. Thanks to her grandmother, who had suffered greatly from racism and believed that education was the key to success, she managed to not only go to college at Spelman, but also law school at Howard University, and even studied theology while she was practicing law! Because she had to work to pay her way through most of her schooling, it E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Born in 1914, Roundtree had a varied and important career made all the more impressive by the difficulties she faced at every turn. Thanks to her grandmother, who had suffered greatly from racism and believed that education was the key to success, she managed to not only go to college at Spelman, but also law school at Howard University, and even studied theology while she was practicing law! Because she had to work to pay her way through most of her schooling, it is amazing that she was able to keep up with the demands of her classes while also being actively involved with the Civil Rights movement. She was handpicked to serve as a reruiter for the WAAC by Mary McLeod Bethune She was very fortunate to have some amazing mentors, from Bethune, to a college professor who supported her and made sure she had funds for school, to several helpful people in the legal profession. During the 1950s and 60s, she was involved in a number of legal battles, many of them concerning transportation. I had no idea that there were so many fights about this, many of them well before Rosa Parks. During the 1970s and 80s, she shifted her focus to the rights of children. She practiced law into her 80s, and passed away in 2018 at the age of 104. Strengths: Wow. I've been waiting a long time to see more biographies of women and Black Americans that aren't new editions of people about whom there are already books. (How many George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman books does one library need?) Roundtree is hugely impressive, yet I had never heard of her. Biographies set in the 1900s often amaze my readers, who find it difficult to comprehend how widespread strictures for Black Americans were not that many years ago. There are a decent number of photographs spread throughout the book. Weaknesses: This was a bit of the dry side. This could be because it is a Young Readers Edition, or it could have been that a lot of the book covered legal cases. I was hoping it would be a bit more like Katharine Johnson's Reaching for the Moon and provide more details about every day life. What I really think: Definitely purchasing, since this has just the right amount of information for research projects and is not only a great biography, but can also be used for finding out more about important Civil Rights cases.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vonda

    Dovey Johnson Roundtree was a respected lawyer and leader in the Civil Rights movement. “At each step in her journey, Dovey had been lifted up by strong, brilliant, and fearless women.“ Beyond the brave and beautiful life Dovey lived, this story is about people championing others to become more than they could become on their own. Dovey had many champions in her life. The love of Dovey’s mother and grandmother was foundational. Her English professor at Spelman College, Mary Mae Neptune, loaned he Dovey Johnson Roundtree was a respected lawyer and leader in the Civil Rights movement. “At each step in her journey, Dovey had been lifted up by strong, brilliant, and fearless women.“ Beyond the brave and beautiful life Dovey lived, this story is about people championing others to become more than they could become on their own. Dovey had many champions in her life. The love of Dovey’s mother and grandmother was foundational. Her English professor at Spelman College, Mary Mae Neptune, loaned her money to finish college. This made a huge difference in her life. Mary also encouraged Dovey to pay her kindness forward, which Dovey purposed to do throughout her life. She looked up to and gleaned wisdom from role models, such as W. E. B. Du Bois, a sociologist, Civil Rights activist and professor whom she heard speak many times at Atlanta University and Mary McLeod Bethune, President of the National Council of Negro women and a member of President Roosevelt’s black cabinet. Her pastors also played an important role in her life. Over the course of her life, Dovey argued and won many important court cases as related to Civil Rights issues. She also defended and won a case where a black man was accused of murder. Dovey believed and proved him innocent. She fought for truth and justice. This book would be a perfect biographical read for middle school and high school students. I found this book, and Dovey herself, to be engaging and interesting. One who overcomes the obstacles of life and self to find success and make a positive difference for others is inspiring. Be inspired!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Dovey Johnson Roundtree was a force in the civil rights movement and for all 104 years of her amazing life. This is the young reader’s adaptation of a compelling biography of a little known hero. Raised by her grandmother and mother in Charlotte, Dovey was taught that she could be anything she wanted to be. She put herself through Spelman and graduated in the 1930s. She joined the army and was a WAC in WWII where she faced racism and sexism. Then she decided to become an attorney and put herself Dovey Johnson Roundtree was a force in the civil rights movement and for all 104 years of her amazing life. This is the young reader’s adaptation of a compelling biography of a little known hero. Raised by her grandmother and mother in Charlotte, Dovey was taught that she could be anything she wanted to be. She put herself through Spelman and graduated in the 1930s. She joined the army and was a WAC in WWII where she faced racism and sexism. Then she decided to become an attorney and put herself through law school at Howard despite rampant sexism. She took on many cases in Washington DC with her supportive law partner and won Keys v Carolina Coach Company in 1955, which wasn’t enforced until RFK forced it to be followed for the Freedom Rides in 1961. Many cases like this one set the stage for Brown v Board to dismantle separate but equal and Jim Crow that Dovey had been under the yoke of for so long. She practiced law until late in life, always fighting for children. She became a minister too and spoke all over the country. This book contains paragraphs of Dovey’s own words, which are very powerful. I would love for a teacher to do a civil rights memoir/biography reading club- I have so many to recommend, this one right at the top. Fascinating and inspiring.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin Buhr

    Incredibly well written nonfiction middle grade chapter book about Dovey Johnson Roundtree. This personalizes the civil rights movement so well as it sweeps across the decades through the eyes of Dovey Johnson Roundtree. The authors well combine Ms Roundtree’s own words with narrative and photographs from the time period. Detailed, but well paced. Encompassing her life from childhood to old age, but stepping into important moments and bringing them to life. A well told story of a civil right tra Incredibly well written nonfiction middle grade chapter book about Dovey Johnson Roundtree. This personalizes the civil rights movement so well as it sweeps across the decades through the eyes of Dovey Johnson Roundtree. The authors well combine Ms Roundtree’s own words with narrative and photographs from the time period. Detailed, but well paced. Encompassing her life from childhood to old age, but stepping into important moments and bringing them to life. A well told story of a civil right trailblazer most will have never before heard of and a story certainly worth hearing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I picked this book up from NetGalley because I love learning about the Civil Rights movement and because Dovey Johnson Roundtree was unfamiliar to me. It's books like this that made me angry that I never learned about heroines like Dovey when I was in school. She was an amazing woman who overcame so many barriers to enlist in the military, attend law school, and become a civil rights attorney as well as a minister. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in civil rights and/or strong I picked this book up from NetGalley because I love learning about the Civil Rights movement and because Dovey Johnson Roundtree was unfamiliar to me. It's books like this that made me angry that I never learned about heroines like Dovey when I was in school. She was an amazing woman who overcame so many barriers to enlist in the military, attend law school, and become a civil rights attorney as well as a minister. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in civil rights and/or strong women.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    An excellent introduction to a woman who played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. I'm disappointed that I hadn't heard of her before. I am glad I know about her now! Highly recommended for grades 4 & up. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss An excellent introduction to a woman who played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. I'm disappointed that I hadn't heard of her before. I am glad I know about her now! Highly recommended for grades 4 & up. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennybeast

    Dovey Johnson Roundtree is a fascinating person, and it's a true privilege to be introduced to her life and work through some of her own words. It's kind of a dry book, to be perfectly honest, but it does tell her story well, and shine a light on parts of the Civil Rights Movement that are less well-known. Strong work, and I'm sincerely glad to see it added to the canon of children's lit. Advanced Reader's Copy provided by Edelweiss. Dovey Johnson Roundtree is a fascinating person, and it's a true privilege to be introduced to her life and work through some of her own words. It's kind of a dry book, to be perfectly honest, but it does tell her story well, and shine a light on parts of the Civil Rights Movement that are less well-known. Strong work, and I'm sincerely glad to see it added to the canon of children's lit. Advanced Reader's Copy provided by Edelweiss.

  10. 5 out of 5

    MayorEmma

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