Mighty Justice: A Family Event About Civil Rights Lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree

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Mighty Justice: A Family Event About Civil Rights Lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, 4 p.m.

For those people not familiar with Dovey Johnson Roundtree’s name, you are invited to learn about a great woman who dedicated her life to service, justice, and lifting up the most oppressed among us. Raised in the Jim Crow South, Dovey Johnson Roundtree's early life was shaped by the strength of her grandmother. Dovey faced every challenge possible. Through sheer will and determination, she became a Civil Rights lawyer who was pivotal in dismantling racially segregated interstate bus travel in the early 1950s. She took clients that other lawyers ignored, saying of those she helped, “I make my clients my children. I can see stars when there is nothing but clay.” Never letting herself be beaten down by racism, Dovey Johnson Roundtree was a proud American who believed in the power of public service.

Two new books about Roundtree illuminate the events that shaped her life. We Wait for the Sun is a picture book about her powerful and loving connection with her grandmother. Evocative nighttime illustrations by Raissa Figueroa pull readers into the tale. The second book, Mighty Justice, is the Young Readers edition of her adult memoir, co-written by Roundtree and Katie McCabe and adapted by Jabari Asim. The book explores her childhood, service in WW II, groundbreaking work as a minister, and legacy as a courtroom criminal defense lawyer.

We are excited to announce that the first 50 attendees/families to join the event and select the "ticket and complimentary copies" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of both We Wait for the Sun and Mighty Justice for their home library (one set per family). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their books up at one of our Politics and Prose locations. These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation. 

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Biographies

Katie McCabe

Author Katie McCabeKatie McCabe is the co-author, with Dovey Roundtree, of Mighty Justice, a January 2020 Oprah selection and an Association of Black Women Historians’ Letitia Woods Brown Award recipient. McCabe’s National Magazine Award-winning Washingtonian article on black surgery pioneer Vivien Thomas formed the basis for the Emmy winning HBO film Something the Lord Made.

Raissa Figueroa

Illustrator Raissa FigueroaRaissa Figueroa is an artist and children’s book illustrator. Her artwork can be found in books such as Oona and Sophie and Little Star. She currently lives in San Diego, California and loves walking the beaches in search of tiny treasures.

Charlene Pritchett-StevensonCharlene Pritchett-Stevenson
Charlene Pritchett-Stevenson is Dovey Johnson Roundtree's goddaughter. Charlene, a native North Carolinian, is a printing service specialist at the US Government Publishing Office and was a longtime member of Allen Chapel AME Church, where Dovey Roundtree ministered.

Add to Calendar 10-02-2021 16:00:00 10-02-2021 17:00:00 Mighty Justice: A Family Event About Civil Rights Lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree For those people not familiar with Dovey Johnson Roundtree’s name, you are invited to learn about a great woman who dedicated her life to service, justice, and lifting up the most oppressed among us. Raised in the Jim Crow South, Dovey Johnson Roundtree's early life was shaped by the strength of her grandmother. Dovey faced every challenge possible. Through sheer will and determination, she became a Civil Rights lawyer who was pivotal in dismantling racially segregated interstate bus travel in the early 1950s. She took clients that other lawyers ignored, saying of those she helped, “I make my clients my children. I can see stars when there is nothing but clay.” Never letting herself be beaten down by racism, Dovey Johnson Roundtree was a proud American who believed in the power of public service. Two new books about Roundtree illuminate the events that shaped her life. We Wait for the Sun is a picture book about her powerful and loving connection with her grandmother. Evocative nighttime illustrations by Raissa Figueroa pull readers into the tale. The second book, Mighty Justice, is the Young Readers edition of her adult memoir, co-written by Roundtree and Katie McCabe and adapted by Jabari Asim. The book explores her childhood, service in WW II, groundbreaking work as a minister, and legacy as a courtroom criminal defense lawyer. We are excited to announce that the first 50 attendees/families to join the event and select the "ticket and complimentary copies" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of both We Wait for the Sun and Mighty Justice for their home library (one set per family). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their books up at one of our Politics and Prose locations. These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation.  Biographies Katie McCabe Katie McCabe is the co-author, with Dovey Roundtree, of Mighty Justice, a January 2020 Oprah selection and an Association of Black Women Historians’ Letitia Woods Brown Award recipient. McCabe’s National Magazine Award-winning Washingtonian article on black surgery pioneer Vivien Thomas formed the basis for the Emmy winning HBO film Something the Lord Made. Raissa Figueroa Raissa Figueroa is an artist and children’s book illustrator. Her artwork can be found in books such as Oona and Sophie and Little Star. She currently lives in San Diego, California and loves walking the beaches in search of tiny treasures. Charlene Pritchett-Stevenson Charlene Pritchett-Stevenson is Dovey Johnson Roundtree's goddaughter. Charlene, a native North Carolinian, is a printing service specialist at the US Government Publishing Office and was a longtime member of Allen Chapel AME Church, where Dovey Roundtree ministered. false DD/MM/YYYY