A young reader’s portrait of dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey considers what the young Alvin might have thought and said and interposes facts about his life and dance theater.
Owen loves playing ball. But it doesn’t always “love” him back. And after a particularly disastrous day on the field, Owen is benched. He is feeling so low that he doesn’t even notice the ball rolling through a hole in the fence until it’s gotten away. In his effort to get it back, he discovers that he has more skills than he realizes.
Born into slavery, Belle had to endure the cruelty of several masters before she escaped to freedom. But she knew she wouldn’t really be free unless she was helping to end injustice. That’s when she changed her name to Sojourner and began traveling across the country, demanding equal rights for black people and for women.
Many people weren’t ready for her message, but Sojourner was brave, and her truth was powerful. And slowly, but surely as Sojourner’s step-stomp stride, America began to change.