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Title: What Do You Do With a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
Author: Chris Barton
Illustrator: Ekua Holmes
Barbara Jordan grew up in Texas, during the 1940s. Very early on, she realized the power of her rich, full voice. She began using this talent to speak for the less fortunate and to help empower those fighting for equality. During the 1960s, she joined others in fighting for racially equality and mobilizing her fellow African American and Texas community to vote her into the Senate. There she continued to work for those who needed voices in the government and she addressed corruption in fellow politicians. While Jordan used her voice for good, she was forced to retire from the political world early because of her battle with Multiple Sclerosis. However, she continued to empower future political leaders by teaching at a college near her home. Jordan is a historical figure who provides a strong role model for today’s children.
The story is visually represented with mixed media collages. Each page highlights a different color pallet. The center message of the page’s text is highlighted in a color that matches the image on the page. This creates a work that has the text working hand-in-hand with the art.