Granddaddy’s Gift

Author(s) Margaree King Mitchell
Illustrator(s) Larry Johnson
Age Group 5-10
Publisher Troll Communications
ISBN 978-0816740116
Year 2003

In this story, a young African-American woman reminisces about her grandfather's determination to vote in 1960s segregated Mississippi. When a lawyer addresses a local gathering looking for volunteers to register to vote, the girl's grandfather is the only one to step forward. Granddaddy Joe braves racist taunts and passes a test on the Mississippi Constitution to become the first black registered voter in town. Fearful neighbors shun Granddaddy and his family, but when their church is set on fire, the black community unifies and joins Granddaddy in registering.