This Promise of Change

Last summer–as in, the summer of 2017–I excitedly shared news of a book I was working on:

How the months roll by! The book is now in page proofs, with a new title: This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality. And it has a gorgeous cover with artwork by the talented, award-winning Ekua Holmes. I love it so much I am setting it out here as big as I can make it. At the front of the line of teenagers pictured here is co-author Jo Ann Allen Boyce. Her eleven classmates (together they were known as the Clinton 12) are there, too; notably, her best friend from high school–and still her friend today, now that they are in their 70s–Gail Ann Upton Epps, in the pink sleeveless blouse, wearing glasses. I can’t wait for you to meet them on the page when the book is released on January 8, 2019.

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4 Responses to This Promise of Change

  1. That looks so great! My students at W&L read Out of Wonder, also gorgeously illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Can’t wait to buy this book for my granddaughter 🙂

    • Debbie Levy says:

      Jane, thanks for your comment. When I learned that Ekua Holmes was creating the cover art, I immediately got in touch with Jo Ann Boyce, co-author of THIS PROMISE, and told her she had to get her hands on OUT OF WONDER and turn to page 7–because the picture there, of a thoughtful girl writing at a desk, is so evocative of the 14-year-old Jo Ann whose true story is the heart of our book. She, too, was struck by this, and we knew we’d love Ekua’s cover even before we saw it!

  2. ekua holmes says:

    Hi Debby, I am happy to hear that you and Jo Ann like the cover illustration for “The Promise of Change.” I truly enjoyed learning about this piece of history. It’s amazing that so much change comes from courageous young men and women. I know this book and story will be an inspiration to many.

    • Debbie Levy says:

      Ekua, I really think that your cover art will help the book expand its reach–because no one will be able to resist picking it up and taking a look! Many thanks again. And if your travels will bring you to Washington, DC on January 10 or Los Angeles on January 29, Jo Ann and I would *love* to have you join us at our bi-coastal bookstore launches!

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