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Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History

A Savannah Green Story

Gloria Respress-Churchwell

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.50" x 11.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-63413-059-2
  • Publication Date: 2014-12-09
  • Jabberwocky Books

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Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History

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Savannah dislikes being new to Nashville. She feels like her life is a spiraling mess! Needless to say, Savannah is angry.

She’s upset at the unexpected loss of her dad, bitter that she had to leave her old school and feels empty without her friends. Savannah hates the idea of going to Robert Churchwell Elementary. She thinks it is a school she will never learn to love until her mom shares the significance of the man the school is named after – Robert Churchwell. 

Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History, Gloria Respress-Churchwell’s stirring American story of Robert Churchwell, her father-in-law, is told through Savannah's eyes, while Michael McBride’s rich illustrations introduce readers to the amazing man who made history by using his gift of writing.

Illustrator: Michael McBride

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“This book about the life of Robert Churchwell, the pioneering black journalist, is enlightening. Children will learn not only about his life but also about civil rights in the 1950s and 60s. They will appreciate the progress we have made. This story will engage and inspire. I highly recommend it.” — Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"As long as we continue to tell the stories of our true heroes, the men and women, boys and girls who stood up to segregation as well as poverty; who stared despair down.  Who always leaned forward we will continue to be a great people. Robert Churchwell is a wonderful story of one such man.  What a pleasure to be able to share his story with our grandchildren." —Nikki Giovanni, Poet

“Savannah’s telling of the true story of journalism pioneer Robert Churchwell is a warm and necessary tale. His struggles mirror those of both Savannah and many of us in today’s world, and his inspirational life is a valuable lesson for children.” — Beth Curley, President and CEO, Nashville Public Television

Gloria Respress-Churchwell

Gloria Respress-Churchwell is President of Butter Pecan Productions, LLC; a creative company that produces educational resources for educators, parents, children, and youth including videos and print media. She has produced and directed premier documentaries at the Nashville Film Festival-award winner The Life of Robert Churchwell:  The Jackie Robinson of Journalism and From Sag to Swag:  The Power of Dress; analyzing the influence of dress on today's youth. She has also co-written an elementary school play about Robert Churchwell's life and is co-contributor of The Robert Churchwell Journalism Collection to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The author has a passion for sharing Robert Churchwell's life-especially with children and youth; an inspirational story of determination, struggle and triumph. She lives in the New England area with her husband and 4 children.