Episode 58 • December 29, 2021

YA books and activism with Veronica Chambers of The New York Times ('Call and Response')

Show Notes

New York Times narrative projects editor Veronica Chambers discusses how YA books are raising a generation of activists.


The summer of 2020 was different. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, millions of individuals from around the world took to the streets to make a statement: Black Lives Matter. In many ways, young adults led the charge.

The history of the Black Lives Matter movement is documented in Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Veronica Chambers, an editor at The New York Times. This book is an incredible resource for young readers, teachers, librarians and parents who are looking to better understand the movement and open discussions about the importance of activism.

Veronica joins Saul Marquez and Chelsea Regan to discuss the aims of Call and Response while also diving into how YA books are inspiring a generation of young readers to become activists who are changing the world.

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