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Mamie Tape Fights to go to School

Meet Mamie Tape, 8-year-old Chinese American changemaker who fought for the right to go to school in San Francisco in the 1880s. Follow Mamie's brave steps and discover the poignant history of her California Supreme Court case Tape v. Hurley.


Mamie’s mom always reminded her a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So when Mamie wanted to go to school, even though Chinese children weren’t allowed, she took her first step and showed up anyway. When she was turned away at the schoolhouse door, she and her parents took another step: they sued the San Francisco school board…and won! Their case Tape v. Hurley made its way up to the California Supreme Court, which ruled that children of Chinese heritage had the right to a free public school education. But even then, Mamie’s fight wasn’t over.

Mamie Tape Fights to go to School is the story of one young changemaker's brave steps on the long journey to end school segregation in California. It all began with a single step.

"A gripping and accessible biographical story of a U.S-born Chinese girl caught in a pivotal moment of history, this book spotlights the discriminatory difficulties that visible minorities

faced and the heroic actions and perseverance that ordinary

people must undertake for equality. Truly inspirational!

This is a must-read for all ages, really, because

Chinese-American history is American history."

–Teresa Robeson

Author of Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Award-Winning picture book

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

"I love that this book communicates, in such a clear

and age-appropriate way, the can-do spirit and

perseverance of the Tape family!"

-Linda Lum Doler

Great-Granddaughter of Mamie Tape

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Cover reveal and author and illustrator interviews at

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