Follow Chester! A College Football Team Fights Racism and Makes History

Follow Chester! A College Football Team Fights Racism and Makes History

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Coming September 17, 2019. Pre-order today!

By: Gloria Respress-Churchwell / Illustrated by: Laura Freeman

"We've already won."

Chester Pierce broke racial barriers when, in 1947, he joined his Harvard football team to play against the University of Virginia. At that time, black people were not allowed to sit at lunch counters, they had to use separate entrances, and they weren’t allowed to play college football against white players.

Chester’s team didn’t care about those laws. Amid dropped jaws, jeering, and booing, Chester played and his teammates followed his lead.

Laura Freeman’s expressive illustrations create an atmosphere of bold moves and a tide of crimson togetherness that could not be stopped.

Based on a true story. Visit to find a discussion & activity guide and to listen to music and an audio play curated by the author to complement this story.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Gloria Respress-Churchwell, author

Gloria Respress-Churchwell is a co-contributor of the Robert Churchwell Journalism Collection to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Follow Chester! is Churchwell's first picture book. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Laura Freeman, illustrator

Laura Freeman has illustrated more than twenty children’s books, including Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly and Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe by Deborah Blumenthal. Laura lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-835-5

ISBN: 978-1-63289-723-7 EPUB

ISBN: 978-1-63289-724-4 PDF

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Ages: 6-9
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11

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