Veronica Chambers Virtual Classroom Talk: Call and Response

Veronica Chambers will virtually visit 5th-12th grade classrooms to discuss CALL AND RESPONSE: THE STORY OF BLACK LIVES MATTER

Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter covers the rise of Black Lives Matter and how it has been shaped by U.S. history. From the founders of the movement—Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi—to the watershed moments that challenged people to take action, this book tells the story of how a hashtag became a movement. It follows the activists and organizers on their journeys, examines some of the ways that protest has been fundamental to American history, and shows how marches, rallies, and demonstrations can be vital tools for making meaningful change.

In this essential history, New York Times editors Veronica Chambers and Jennifer Harlan explore Black Lives Matter through striking photographs, in-depth reporting, stunning visual timelines and graphics, and compelling quotes. Call and Response is perfect for young readers who need an introduction to this impactful movement—and for any reader looking for concrete information on this timely topic.

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Veronica Chambers is the editor for Narrative Projects at The New York Times. She is a prolific author, best known for the New York Times-bestseller Finish the Fight!, which was named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, the New York Public Library, and others. Her other works include the critically acclaimed memoir Mama's Girl, Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb, and the anthologies The Meaning of Michelle—a collection by writers celebrating former first lady Michelle Obama—and Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, she writes often about her Afro-Latina heritage. She speaks, reads, and writes Spanish, but she is truly fluent in Spanglish. You can find her online at or on Twitter and Instagram @vvchambers.


Jennifer Harlan is a staff editor on the Special Projects desk at The New York Times. She is a co- author of the New York Times bestseller Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, which was named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, the New York Public Library, and others and selected as a 2020 honor book by the Jane Addams Peace Association. A graduate of Brown University, she is from Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in Brooklyn. When she is not writing about the unusual histories of roller derby, private eyes, or women's suffrage for The Times, she can usually be found baking pies or searching for her next great karaoke song.


Jordan Hernandez is the founder of Completely Booked, a book Instagram, book club, newsletter, and product line focused on diverse authors, characters, and stories.  Completely Booked has hosted authors such as NY Times Best Sellers Robert Jones Jr. and Susie Yang as well as notable writers Nancy Johnson, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Kaia Alderson, and more. Jordan is a marketing professional by day residing in Hoboken, NJ with her identical twin sister. In her spare time Jordan is a freelance writer for Hoboken Girl and Montclair Girl blogs, a community service advocate, and a hobby baker.



Event date: 
Monday, November 1, 2021 - 1:00pm
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Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358573418
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Versify - August 17th, 2021