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This Libguide is designed to support 5th graders learning about the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. in the 60s.
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Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
ISBN: 0399252517
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.The New York Times Book Review

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Child of the Civil Rights Movement - Paula Young Shelton; Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375843140
Publication Date: 2009-12-22
In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child's unique perspective to an important chapter in America's history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family--and thousands of others--in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. Poignant, moving, and hopeful, this is an intimate look at the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Mine Eyes Have Seen - Bob Adelman
ISBN: 9781603200004
Publication Date: 2007-11-20
Stirring and triumphant photographs evoke the heady days of the Civil Rights' Movement when America faced its worse nightmare and the Dream won. Fuelled by the powerful imagery in 'Mine Eyes Have Seen', we take a rollercoaster ride, peering through the eyes of LIFE photographer Bob Adelman as America struggles.

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Freedom on the Menu - Carole Boston Weatherford; Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0142408948
Publication Date: 2007-12-27
There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event sparks a movement throughout her town and region. And while Connie is too young to march or give a speech, she helps her brother and sister make signs for the cause. Changes are coming to Connie’s town, but Connie just wants to sit at the lunch counter and eat a banana split like everyone else.

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Claudette Colvin - Phillip Hoose
ISBN: 9780374313227
Publication Date: 2009-01-20
"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ,This is not right.'" - Claudette Colvin On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South.Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.nbsp; Claudette Colvin is the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Newbery Honor Book.

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Our Children Can Soar - Michelle Cook; James E. Ransome (Illustrator); Leo Dillon (Illustrator); Pat Cummings (Illustrator); R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator); Shadra Strickland (Illustrator); Marian Wright Edelman (Foreword by); A. G. Ford (Illustrator); Bryan Collier (Illustra
ISBN: 9781599904184
Publication Date: 2009-04-14
Rosa sat so Martin could march. Martin marched so Barack could run. Barack ran so Our children can soar.   This is the seed of a unique picture book that is part historical, part poetry, and entirely inspirational. It takes the reader through the cumulative story of the US Civil Rights Movement, expanding the popular slogan beyond these three heroes to include more key players in the struggle for equality. Spare prose and vivid imagery make this a truly moving and accessible picture book to be savored by readers of all ages.


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