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Civil Rights Movement
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
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Freedom on the menu : the Greensboro sit-ins by:Carole Boston Weatherford
The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl.
Remember : the journey to school integration by:Toni Morrison.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education. This pivotal decision ushered in an emotional and trying period in our nation's history, the effects of which still linger. Recalling this tumultuous time, Toni Morrison has collected archival photographs that depict the events surrounding school integration. These unforgettable images serve as the inspiration for Professor Morrison's text - a fictional account of the dialogue and emotions of the students who lived during the era of change in separate-but-equal schooling. Remember offers a unique pictorial and narrative journey that introduces children to a watershed period in American history and its relevance today.
Martin's big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by:Doreen Rappaport
Beautiful written book using Dr. King's own words.
A sweet smell of roses by:Angela Johnson
A stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.
If a bus could talk : the story of Rosa Parks by:Faith Ringgold
A biography of the African American woman and civil rights worker whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus led to a boycott which lasted more than a year in Montgomery, Alabama.
Draw a poster with the heading I Have a Dream and have the children draw a picture of what their dream for themselves or their family is.

Books are a wonderful way to introduce history to children. By reading a story you are able to bring to life abstract concepts. I have chosen this selection of books for their content and their illustrations/photographs. I would encourage you to read each book, one at a time, over the course of a week. After you have read a book, allow for children to discuss any questions they may have. Creating an art journal is also helpful for children.