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'Biddy Mason Speaks Up' Introduces Kids to One of California's Forgotten Figures

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"Biddy Mason Speaks Up" is the second in HeyDay Books's Fight for Justice series, which introduces young people to historical figures who fought for social change.  (Image: Courtesy of Heyday)

In a new children’s book, “Biddy Mason Speaks Up,” Arisa White and Laura Atkins weave poetry and prose with historical facts to tell the story of Bridget “Biddy” Mason–a woman born into slavery in the early 1800s who later won her freedom in court and became a prominent landowner, community builder and healer in Los Angeles. “Biddy Mason Speaks Up” is the second in HeyDay’s Fight for Justice series, which introduces young people to historical figures who fought for social change. We’ll talk to the authors about their work and get tips for discussing topics like slavery and rape with kids.

Guests:

Arisa White, co-author, "Biddy Mason Speaks Up"; poet; assistant professor in creative writing, Colby College

Laura Atkins, co-author, "Biddy Mason Speaks Up"; children's book editor; teacher

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