Sadly, it also led to racist revenge, culminating with the September 15, 1963 Ku Klux Klan bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four children. Through the voices of Audrey Hendricks, 9; Wash Booker, 14; Arnetta Streeter, 16; and James Stewart, 15, the author describes the events that occurred during the 1963 protest. I found the way the author chose to focus on each teen while providing background of the Civil Rights Movement to be very disjointed. After thinking long and hard about whether King's nonviolent approach to Civil Rights was for her, Arnetta began training to become a nonviolent protester, even signing the 10 Commandments of Nonviolence pledge, after which she could hardly wait to demonstrate. This was certainly an excellent narrative of an integral time in our nation's history. Pair this title with Larry Dane Brimner's Birmingham Sunday 2010 and Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 and marvel at the large photographs and sidebars that fill this book's pages.
They knew they were risking their lives and injury by marching on the town in protest of segregation, but they did it anyway. They were attacked by German shepherds set loose by police of In the early 1960s, a group of black protestors made their way through Birmingham marching for Civil Rights. The substance of the book begins in 1956 with Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth's attempts to desegregate Birmingham. I consider myself pretty well educated about the civil rights movement. At the same time, it read like fiction in the sense of there being a plot, a conflict, a set of stakes.
Full of basic outline information I had heard many times before, but with all the empty space in between filled in. Like many Americans, I have read about and am somewhat educated on segregation and am knowledgeable of the many civil rights activists that took part in the movement. At the same time, there seems to be little dedication to providing any depth to any of the issues highlighted. Full of basic outline information I had heard many times before, but with all the empty space in between filled in. Amidst all the crazy stuff going on, the Reverend Dr.
The fallout resulting from the nation seeing these children being arrested and abused reenergized the Civil Rights Movement, galvanized national support for change, and compelled President Kennedy to move forward on civil and voting rights issues. Copies Location Call 1 of 1 Cary Community - Childrens Non-fiction J323. Summarizing How did the practice of segregation come about in the South? I loved that a children's book written to be accessible teaches me so much. Despite the many threats, these children believed and took a stand for their rights. It was huge with many people dying. They experience the racism and violence and should have been allowed to help combat it.
It gives you the hearts behind the movements. They were assaulted with glass bottles and bricks thrown by onlookers from neighboring buildings. If it were middle or high school I think the students could develop more on each of the main characters or study the timeline development as there is so much action packed into just a few short weeks of time. However, I never knew that children, especially one as young as 9 years old, played such an important part in repealing segregation laws. While readers will find the names of well-known civil rights leaders such as Dr.
It makes for highly readable, compelling history that I gladly recommend to all readers. This shows that policeman would do anything to African Americans just to prevent them from gaining more rights. Analyzing: Martin Luther King, Jr. It made me feel sad throughout this book, for I was unaware of all the hardship that they went through during the 1960's and probably even prior. Through text and photographs, this is a testimony that will stun and inspire young people born decades afterward in the same way that it still stuns and inspires me as one who remembers it all too well.
I think it would be enticing for our students to further investigate and respond to some of the after-effects. At times, it was an arduous read because it seemed like a lengthy listing of facts and events with little comment or broader historical context. Arnetta Streeter, 16, was inspired to get involved in the Civil Rights Movement after hearing Dr. That morning, her mother took her to Center Street Elementary so she could tell her third-grade teacher why she'd be absent. The nonfiction narrative is told through the voices of Audrey, Wash, James, and Arnetta.
I like the fact that Levinson included a chapter on why whites felt as they did. They boycotted school to march as a way to protest segregation. And in this case, it was very well-written. It really is a fascinating read and gives a more personal and meaningful perspective to this part of history than a lot of other books. In the process, Levinson also highlights the horrible disparities in our nation that brought about so many events to provide more equality for African Americans.
Audrey knew she was proud of her. Holding her game tightly, she was driven to Juvenile Hall at City Jail. Through Audrey and three other young people who were involved Levinson vividly makes this historical time up close and personal. The work also contains An engaging, informative narrative in the history of Civil Rights from the perspective of several African-American youths standing up in the face of oppression in 1963. I think much of these problems comes from the juvenilization of the topic. God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood. The stories are powerful, unforgettable, heartbreaking.