Pies from Nowhere
Hardcover How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
This stunning picture book looks into the life of Georgia Gilmore, a hidden figure of history who played a critical role in the civil rights movement and used her passion for baking to help the Montgomery Bus Boycott achieve its goal.
Georgia Gilmore was a cook at the National Lunch Company in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia knew just what to do. She organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott. Called the Club from Nowhere, Georgia was the only person who knew who baked and bought the food, and she said the money came from “nowhere” to anyone who asked. When Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for his role in the boycott, Georgia testified on his behalf, and her home became a meeting place for civil rights leaders.
This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond. It also includes one of her delicious recipes for kids to try with the help of their parents!
Dee Romito is an author and former elementary school teacher. Her middle grade novels include The BFF Bucket List, No Place Like Home, and The Italy List. She blogs about writing at writeforapples.com, where she and her team share tips to help fellow writers. Dee is also Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children's Writers and Illustrators.
Laura Freeman received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and began her career illustrating for various editorial clients, including The New York Times Book Review, The National Law Journal, and New York Magazine. She also worked as a computer artist in the men’s design department of Polo/Ralph Lauren. Laura now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.
While this historical picture book includes the two best known figures in the Civil Rights movement, it is most notable for celebrating the life and contributions of a little-known person who, like so many, many others, put herself at risk to further the cause she believed in.-- "Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"
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