The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson





Back of Book:


Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference.

Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else.

So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher’s words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan—picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails!—she stepped right up and said, I’ll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il!

Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.


My Review:


This is a perfect read aloud story for elementary school. Audrey was only nine years old when she decided to make history! My students loved that a little girl could make such an impact to so many people. This is a perfect tool to use with younger audiences when teaching about the Civil Rights Movement. The back of the book has a beautiful author note, and timeline information. It also has the recipe for Hot Rolls Baptized in Butter.  I love that the author of this book talked to Audrey Faye before she died. It makes this nonfiction picture book even more special! The illustrations are incredible and perfectly capture Audrey Faye’s journey. One of my favorite picture books about the Civil Rights Movement.


Ages 5 and up


40 Pages

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