This week, we are highlighting heroes from the past who have used their voice for good. Read below for this week’s Superhero Challenge and learn about ways you can use your superhero powers this summer with Tristar Reads

You Have the Right to Be Heard

“When Barbara Jordan talked, we listened.”

Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice—and she knew how to use it! So what do you do with a voice like that?

Barbara’s story is one of perseverance and hard work. Barbara took her voice to places few African American women had been in the 1960’s: first law school, then the Texas state senate, then to the United States congress. Throughout her career, she endured through adversity to give a voice to the voiceless and to fight for civil rights, equality and justice.

The possibilities are endless for those who walk through their fear and step out in courage – no matter how old you are or what your background may be. This week, we encourage all students to dream big which starts with learning and reading as much as you can! Take advantage of programs like Tristar Reads that reward you for reading. All you have to do is log your hours on for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!


Melissa Spradlin is the Executive Director of Book’em whose mission is to create a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children discover the joy of reading and book ownership.

Enjoy Melissa’s reading of What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan written by Chris Barton. 

Click here to view the video. 

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

How do you use your voice? Do you use it in a positive way? Tell us about it by leaving a comment below.