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I'm pleased to report that my latest book, Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York, has been chosen as an American Library Association Notable Book 2019. The book has been well-received, with starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus. 

Streetcar to Justice is the first biography of Elizabeth Jennings (Graham), a civil rights hero in the 19th century who was all-but-forgotten. This is the first time her full story was confirmed and documented, a result of more than 20 years of research on my part.  I located and studied original sources, such as lost newspapers from the 1830s. 


Miss Jennings was a black schoolteacher who refused to leave a segregated streetcar in Manhattan in 1854, setting into motion a historic court case in New York City and the first major step in ending segregation in transportation in New York.


I am glad to have played a major role in bringing attention to her, not just in New York but nationally. Streetcar to Justice even helped in the selection, in March 2019, of Elizabeth Jennings by the City of New York as one of four new statues of women. 


Streetcar to Justice is suitable for readers age 8 to adult. 


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