Nevertheless, we persisted 48 voices of defiance, strength, and courage

Book - 2018

A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity-- but persisted. Among others: actress Alia Shawkat was told she was too "ethnic" for parts. Former NFL player Wade Davis bullied other gay classmates in an attempt to hide his own sexuality. Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr tells of her harrowing time in Auschwitz,... where she watched her family disappear, one by one. They tell how they rose through the hate, overcoming the obstacles of their childhood to the hard-won lives they live today.

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Genres
Young adult nonfiction
Published
New York : Alfred A. Knopf [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
9781524771973
152477197X
9781524771966
1524771961
  • Somewhere over the rainbow /
  • by Sally Kohn
  • For brown girls who blossom on their own time /
  • by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez
  • Own world /
  • by Alia Shawkat
  • Your golden thread /
  • by Matthew Burgess
  • As is /
  • by Alysia Reiner
  • Everyone plays /
  • by Amy Chu, with illustrations by Loui Chin
  • From high-jumping to life support to wheelchair basketball in Afghanistan /
  • by Jess Markt
  • Nevertheless, love persisted /
  • by Danielle Vabner
  • (Young) man in the mirror /
  • by Nate Smith
  • A woman's place is in the kitchen /
  • by Maneet Chauhan
  • Be bigger than your story /
  • a conversation with Tay Anderson and Leland Melvin
  • Twisted-mouth /
  • by Jeff Gomez
  • The unfinished Maulik Pancholy pilot /
  • by Maulik Pancholy
  • You, sailor /
  • by Erin McKeown
  • Triple threat /
  • a conversation with Tamika, Tauja, and Kenyon Catchings
  • Making it better /
  • by James Lecesne
  • They didn't succeed, I survived /
  • by Fanny Starr
  • Learning about empathy /
  • by Imran Siddiquee
  • The roots of embodied education /
  • by Liz Wolfson
  • Not a doll /
  • by Jadaida Glover
  • The quietly relentless /
  • by Soraya Chemaly
  • More than my womb /
  • by Melissa Marr
  • Just the beginning /
  • by Jesselyn Silva
  • #Nofilter /
  • by Azure Antoinette
  • I didn't fit in, what a gift /
  • by Vicki Saunders
  • Window seat /
  • by Representative Leslie Herod
  • Reflections of a younger Silvercloud /
  • by Johnny Silvercloud
  • Sometimes you are better off not knowing /
  • by Binta Niambi Brown
  • How writing a college essay taught me more about myself than life /
  • by Patricia Valoy
  • Nevertheless, I write /
  • by Amy Fox
  • The new kid /
  • by Josè Antonio Tijerino
  • Brown boy, white suburbia /
  • by Pej Vahdat
  • The practice of self-love /
  • by Wade Davis
  • Guts /
  • by J. W. Cortés
  • Black ancestry and artistry wielded against the police state /
  • by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  • I am not Susanne, I am Soulaima /
  • Soulaima Gourani
  • We rise /
  • by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
  • Rewriting the rules /
  • by Dr. Gail Schoettler
  • Beyond the baseline /
  • a conversation with Jason and Jarron Collins
  • My growth through drought /
  • by Kiara Nirghin
  • L'amour, maybe not /
  • by Shruti Ganguly
  • Writing my own story /
  • by Jillian Mercado
  • The accidental activist /
  • by Gavin Grimm.
Review by Booklist Reviews

This important collection of essays raises up 48 voices of triumph in the face of adversities, as they deal with gender norms, self-love, advocacy, tragedies, and success. Contributors include Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr, former NFL player Wade Davis, jazz musician Nate Smith, and actress Alysia Reiner, and through them, readers will see what perseverance looks like. Some achieve their goals immediately; others don't see the payoff until years after events occur. As Gavin Grimm writes, "perseverance doesn't always look like a triumphant speech from a podium. Sometimes it looks like a moment when you sit, take a deep breath, and think about how exhausted you are." The main upshot for readers will be to see their struggles as important, no matter how big or small they are. This gem of a book ends with contributor biographies and discussion questions. There's a lot to study here and talk about on the way to becoming kinder, more empathetic, and most important, compassionate. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A powerful collection of essays from actors, activists, athletes, politicians, musicians, writers, and teens, including Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors, actress Alia Shawkat, actor Maulik Pancholy, poet Azure Antoinette, teen activist Gavin Grimm, and many, many more, each writing about a time in their youth when they were held back because of their race, gender, or sexual identity--but persisted."Aren't you a terrorist?" "There are no roles for people who look like you." "That's a sin." "No girls allowed." They've heard it all. Actress Alia Shawkat reflects on all the parts she was told she was too "ethnic" to play. Former NFL player Wade Davis recalls his bullying of gay classmates in an attempt to hide his own sexuality. Teen Gavin Grimm shares the story that led to the infamous "bathroom bill," and how he's fighting it. Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr tells of her harrowing time in Aushwitz, where she watched her family disappear, one by one.What made them rise up through the hate? What made them overcome the obstacles of their childhood to achieve extraordinary success? How did they break out of society's limited view of who they are and find their way to the beautiful and hard-won lives they live today? With a foreword by Minnesota senator and up-and-coming Democratic party leader Amy Klobuchar, these essays share deeply personal stories of resilience, faith, love, and, yes, persistence. An International Latino Book Award WinnerA National Council for Social Studies Selection"Each tale is a soulful testament to the endurance of the human spirit and reminds readers that they are not alone in their search for self. An unflinchingly honest book that should be required reading for every young person in America."—Kirkus, Starred review"An invaluable collection of snapshots of American society."—VOYA, Starred review"[A] gem of a book. . . There's a lot to study here and talk about on the way to becoming kinder, more empathetic, and most important, compassionate."—Booklist"Readers encountering injustice in their own lives may be compelled to take heart--and even action."—Publishers Weekly"A powerful collection of voices."—SLJ"The sheer variation in writing styles, subject-matters, and structure to these narratives provides readers with inspiration in assorted forms and a complex interpretation of what it means to persist."—The Bulletin