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Nevertheless, we persisted : 48 voices of defiance, strength, and courage.  Cover Image Book Book

Nevertheless, we persisted : 48 voices of defiance, strength, and courage. / foreword by Senator Amy Klobuchar.


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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  • ISBN: 9781524771966
  • ISBN: 1524771961
  • Physical Description: 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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 -- 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 -- Roots of embodied education / by Liz Wolfson -- Not a doll / by Jadaida Glover -- 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 -- New kid / by Josè Antonio Tijerino -- Brown boy, white suburbia / by Pej Vahdat -- 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 -- Accidental activist / by Gavin Grimm.
Target Audience Note:
1010L Lexile
Subject: Conduct of life > Juvenile literature.
Persistence > Juvenile literature.
Courage > Juvenile literature.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Missouri Evergreen.


  • 1 current hold with 2 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jefferson County Library-Arnold J 170.44 NEVERTHE (Text) 30061040070605 Juvenile Non-Fiction Available -
Scenic Regional-Sullivan YA 170.44 NEV (Text) 3006507134 Young Adult NonFiction Available -

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