52Q Book of the Month
March’s Book of the Month, “The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills,” is written by Cheryl Wills and illustrated by Randell Pearson. According to the publisher, “The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills” is a one-of-a-kind brilliantly illustrated children’s book that’s based on a true story. Veteran television journalist Cheryl Wills tells a powerful tale about her enslaved ancestor who fought for his freedom as a soldier during The Civil War. As a New York City news reporter, Wills weaves her story through the forum she knows best - reporting and interviewing.
“This picture book comes as some textbooks characterize Africans who were kidnapped during the transatlantic slave trade as ‘immigrants’ and ‘migrant workers’” Cheryl says. “As a proud descendant of Africans who fought mightily against slavery during The Civil War, it’s important that I do my part to set the record straight.”
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