When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke
When We Say Black Lives Matter explains to the reader why Black lives matter. It talks about what ‘Black Lives Matter’ means exactly and why it still needs to be said, whispered, sobbed, shouted, and sung. As Maxine Beneba Clarke states within the book, ‘Enough is enough is enough, we need to put things right.’
When We Say Black Lives Matter is written in rhyme and is accompanied by beautiful illustrations, also by Beneba Clarke, who is as incredible with art and illustrations as she is with language. This is not just a book for children of colour, this is a book for all children, and especially for anyone who’s ever questioned or silently wondered why ‘Black Lives Matter’ needs to be said – I urge you to buy it and leave it somewhere they might find it. When We Say Black Lives Matter explains the reason behind the statement in such a straightforward way it’s impossible not to understand.
When We Say Black Lives Matter is ultimately an optimistic book for kids aged 3+.