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Keep Moving Forward, Henry!
Available on Amazon.com
Written by Ayanna Murray
Illustrated by Estefania Razo
A young Henry Luvert risks his life as a firefighter.
He is one of the first Black firemen in Eugene, Oregon.
His job is to be fearless and rescue people from danger – but what happens when other firemen start to treat him differently because of his skin color?
Follow him as he fights fires and racism at the same time.
Young readers will follow the heroism of young firefighter Henry Luvert in the new children’s book, Keep Moving Forward, Henry!
As the book explores the experiences of one of Eugene’s first Black firefighters, young people will learn about the obstacles that can come with being a trailblazer.
Luvert, who also served as a hoseman with the Eugene Fire Department, had the dangerous responsibility of being the first to enter the fire and last to leave burning buildings.
“You have to be brave to serve as a firefighter,” recalls Luvert, who also served as an emergency dispatcher. “I’ve experienced discrimination all my life,” he reflected, “I just never thought I would have to fight fires and then fight racism in the fire department."
This beautifully illustrated story highlights the complexity and struggle of someone dealing with racism and discrimination. In this picture book, Luvert’s resilience will inspire readers to never give up.
Teachers and parents alike can use this story to spark amazing discussions with youth. It allows young readers to empathize with those who experience the effects of injustice and invites them to think about how they treat people who are different.
Author Ayanna Murray is the daughter of Henry Luvert and an entrepreneur, teacher, and speaker. Ayanna creates thoughtful stories that teach young people about self-determination and the power of perseverance.
Originally from Eugene, she lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and four kids. For more information please visit www.ayannamurray.com.
Empathy/Racism/Equality/Respect/Justice/Black History [Ages 7-12]
Paperback, 8 x 10 inches, 40 pages
ISBN: 978-1-954781-00-9, $9.99 U.S.
Ayanna is an author that enjoys writing fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for children. She has written over 15 stories and hopes to publish them in the near future.