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Mary Cronk Farrell & Claire Rudolf Murphy, Panel Discussion: Standing Up for Racial Justice without Falling on Your Face

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Fri, 02/01/2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

*Join us for this FREE Lit Live! event -- meet the author and get your book signed!*

Join us as we kick off Black History month with two great middle grade authors in one night! Many of us tiptoe around talking about race because the rhetoric has grown so heated and even well-meaning people can fall into micro-aggression and offend others. Yet, it's critical that we talk if we want to move toward greater justice. Washington authors Mary Cronk Farrell and Claire Rudolf Murphy will share challenges of writing about race and a panel of local activists will discuss how white people can show up for racial justice. Panel includes Judith Entwife, President of the Bellingham American Association of University women (AAUW) who will offer practical suggestions for supporting intersectionality. 

On Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII; the first blacks in the Women’s Army Corps didn’t have full protection of the law in
America. Still, thousands volunteered to help fight fascist regimes threatening democracy around the world. First they faced the enemy at home. They risked court martial and prison, refusing to clean kitchens and scrub floors, jobs never assigned to white WACs. They feared for their lives while posted or traveling in the south, as even army uniforms didn’t protect them from assault due to their skin color. They survived racism and prejudice with dignity, served with excellence and paved the way for black women to reach the highest levels of the military. 

Mary is an award-winning author and former journalist with a passion for stories about people discovering courage amidst adversity. She’s appeared on TV and radio and speaks about courage and grit to adults and young people across the nation. Read her weekly stories that inform and inspire at

Martin & Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice follows the lives and final days and words of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, showing how and where their work intersected and how their initially wary relationship evolved from challenging and testing each other to finally “arriving in the same place” in 1968, as allies fighting poverty and racism. Fifty years later, the lives and words of Kennedy and King still offer Americans inspiration and insight on how our country can face the historic challenges of economic and racial inequality.

Claire is the author of 18 award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including Marching With Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women’s Rights, My Country Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Claire began her writing career in Alaska, where she lived for 24 years. Today she lives and writes in her hometown of Spokane, Washington. Since 2008 she has taught in Hamline University‘s low residency Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) graduate program. Recent events have renewed her deep-seated passion for political activism. She enjoys music and outdoor activities with her husband, two grown children and their spouses, and grandson in Seattle.

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Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419731600
Availability: Not in-stock currently- expect arrival in 1-14 business days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419710285
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - February 25th, 2014

Martin and Bobby: A Journey Toward Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641600101
Availability: ***Limited availability, contact store for details***
Published: Chicago Review Press - October 2nd, 2018

Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781561459797
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2017

My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805082265
Availability: Backordered
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 3rd, 2014

Children of the Gold Rush Cover Image
ISBN: 9780962753046
Availability: ***Limited availability, contact store for details***
Published: Hillside Press - January 1st, 2012