Grades 6 - 8
Grade level Equivalent: 5.9
Lexile Measure®: 950L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: NR
Type of Book: Photo Essay
- African American History
- Determination and Perseverance
- Equality, Fairness, Justice
- Civil Rights Movement
- African American
- Leadership and Responsibility
- Tolerance and Acceptance
About This Book
Collected here are 31 rousing interviews conducted by Washington, D.C. fourth graders, who ask family members, friends, and neighbors about the part they played in the civil rights movement. The interviews are arranged in three sections: life under segregation, the movement to end legalized segregation, and the continuing struggle to end poverty and discrimination. Each section is vividly contextualized with a long historical photo essay targeted to older readers and teachers.
But the interviews themselves will speak directly to readers in the elementary grades: "Kids? They attacked kids?" This is an intimate and personal look at an important movement, and the voices of both the interviewers and interviewees are strong. For example, several kids speak as if they were "live" on the radio or television. This book is made even more indispensable by the foreword contributed by a key figure in the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks.
Author Casey King is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who founded the Tanner Film Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting racial harmony through the media. Sure to inspire interest not only in the civil rights movement but also in local oral history projects, the book's interviews are illustrated with an informal photo of each adult and child talking. Over 40 dramatic black-and-white documentary photographs compellingly illustrate the subjects of discussion.
The book includes bibliography, a list of relevant videos and recordings, as well as a chronology.