The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial

Written by Susan E. Goodman and Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

In 1847, an African American girl named Sarah Roberts attended school in Boston. One day she was told she could never come back. She didn't belong. The Otis School was for white children only. The Roberts family fought this injustice and made history. Roberts v. City of Boston was the first case challenging our legal system to outlaw segregated schools. Sometimes even losing is a victory. They lost their case but Sarah's cause was won when people, black and white, stood together and said, No more. Now, right now, it is time for change! With gorgeous art from award-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis, The First Step is an inspiring look at the first lawsuit to demand desegregation--long before the American Civil Rights movement, even before the Civil War.

Age Range 6 - 9 years
Copyright Year
Page Count
Bloomsbury, USA Children’s Books
Grade Level 1st - 4th
Lexile 770