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When We Say Black Lives Matter    by Maxine Beneba Clarke order for
When We Say Black Lives Matter
by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2021 (2021)
Hardcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The first few pages of Maxine Beneba Clarke's boldly illustrated picture book, When We Say Black Lives Matter, say it all - 'Little one, when we say Black Lives Matter, we're saying Black people are wonderful-strong. That we deserve to be treated with basic respect, and that history's done us wrong.'

The words are spoken to a newborn baby, and we see the very powerful adjuration continue as the little one grows bigger to raise his own voice alongside theirs - in anger and sorrow ('enough is enough is enough'), laughter and joy. This remarkable picture book ends on the child's graduation.

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