Miss Freedom Fighter, Esq.

Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire

Since she was born, Justice was told her name is her destiny. Her grandma reminded her that being named Justice came with great responsibility.


Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire

Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Jacklyn Milton

Jeremy Norton & Janos Orban (Illustrator)





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This book supports youth in developing their leadership skills and making a difference in the world around them. Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute is launching this new book project in order to promote literacy, cultural awareness, and leadership development.

Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire will hand deliver 1,000 books to schools across the globe. She will start with her hometown of St. Paul, MN and end the tour with a special visit to schools in Ghana. With each visit, she will inspire young people to discover the leader within through the pursuit of academic excellence and the unveiling of each student’s limitless potential.



Leaders are learners. 1 in 4 children in America have not learned how to read. Students who are not proficient with reading by 4th grade are four times more likely to drop out of school (WriteExpress Corp.; Annie E. Casey Foundation).

Literacy is a fundamental learning building block. Through reading, students can develop the analytical skills, self-awareness, and problem solving skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing globalized world.


Diversity and inclusion matters. Currently, children of color are the majority of all public school students and by 2020 are projected to represent the majority of all children in America (CDF; 2015 Census).

In 2014, of the nearly 3,500 children’s books published, less than only 9 percent were written by diverse authors and only 11 percent of the books were about characters of color (Cooperative Children’s Book Center). It is critically important for children’s books to reflect the rich diversity of our global community and affirm the cultural heritage of youth from diverse backgrounds. Every child deserves and needs the opportunity for books to serve as mirrors where they see their own faces and experiences reflected in the pages of children’s books.


Young people are the future. History has shown us that students have been at the forefront of social change movements whether it be the Freedom Riders of the past (who fought against racial segregation) or the Dream Defenders of our present (who fought against stand your ground laws). Children’s books can aid in equipping students for this important leadership role.


It is said that you cannot be what you cannot see. The warm and inspirational story of Justice, Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire, guides children along the path of seeing the possible. Seeing the possible both creates hope and positions us to fulfil our dreams. And in turn bends the moral arc towards justice

Justice Alan C. Page

Minnesota Supreme Court (Retired)

Founder, Page Education Foundation

A child’s guide to the beginning steps of becoming a superhero. Written in part by the history of real-life heroes who fought for equality for all.

Krystal Kara

Be Super Initiative

Welcome a new superhero for the 21st century! Inspired by her grandmother’s wise words, our invincible heroine, Justice, finds strength and courage by discovering historic figures whose lives exemplified grit, stamina and resiliency. This bold, contemporary text pledges to educate and motivate a new generation of readers to embrace universal themes of social justice, equity, environmental stewardship, community service, and diversity.

Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck

Principal, Kenwood Community School

Building a pipeline to the legal profession is critically important for our young and talented girls of color. “Justice Makes a Difference” developed and written by Dr. Tyner lets our girls know, anything is possible.

Paulette Brown

Past President, American Bar Association

Partner, Locke Lord LLP

Justice Makes a Difference is a beautiful book in all regards. Wonderful soft imagery creates a tone of love and nurturing as Justice discovers what it means to be a strong leader in her community. Education, community, giving back, self-awareness and paying homage to historical leaders are all facets of her journey.

Cole W. Williams

Author, Poet & River Advocate

Nautilus Book Award Recipient



Book Showcase: Ms. JD

Book Review: Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

 Book Showcase: On Being a Black Lawyer 

Interview: Rolling Out Magazine 



Dr. Artika Tyner (a.k.a. Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire) is a passionate educator, an award-winning author, a civil rights attorney, a sought-after speaker, and an advocate for justice who is committed to helping children discover their leadership potential and serve as change agents in the global community. She is the founder/CEO of the Planting People, Growing Justice Leadership Institute.

Jacklyn Milton is a lifelong educator and community advocate. She served as a home childcare provider and an early childhood specialist for more than three decades. She is a licensed family life educator who helps families create pathways to success.