Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights-Belinda Rochelle

  • Title: Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights
  • Author: Belinda Rochelle
  • Released: 1997-02-01
  • Language:
  • Pages: 116
  • ISBN: 0140384324
  • ISBN13: 978-0140384321
  • ASIN: 0140384324


From School Library Journal Grade 5-8-While adult leaders' contributions to the civil rights movement have been well chronicled, those made by young people have not received as much attention. Rochelle relates the pivotal roles played by young African Americans in nine major events, including the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, the Montgomery bus boycott, and the lunch-counter sit-ins at Woolworth in North Carolina. A chapter is devoted to each event. The author describes the circumstances surrounding each occurrence and highlights the experiences and feelings of those involved. Ranging in age from eight to their upper teens, the subjects poignantly describe how their commitment to their cause propelled them to take a stand for freedom, often at great personal risk. Some of the individuals portrayed may not be well known, but their stories are inspiring and touching. Rochelle does a commendable job of explaining issues and relating events in an understandable manner. The black-and-white photographs adequately reinforce the text, and the jacket photo is striking and appealing. This informative book provides special insight into recent American history and will enhance any collection. It is comparable to, but for a younger audience than, Ellen Levine's Freedom's Children (Putnam, 1993).
Jeanette Lambert, Nashville Metropolitan Schools, TN
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Gr. 4-7. Although for a younger audience than Levine's Freedom's Children (1993), this has the same focus on ordinary people in the civil-rights movement, especially the young people. Beginning with descriptions of several struggles to desegregate the schools, Rochelle then devotes a chapter each to the Montgomery Bus boycott, the sit-in movement, the freedom riders, the Children's Crusade in Birmingham, the March on Washington, and the struggle for voting rights in Selma. Each chapter starts with an immediate dramatic focus on one young person's experience and then moves out to the wider issues and the political struggle. The transitions aren't always smooth, but the design is accessible, with dramatic photographs that capture the confrontation and the courage of the children who took part. Each chapter also has a boxed first-person profile by someone who was young at the time. Perhaps the most moving is the quiet narrative by Claudette Colvin, the shy teenager who one day decided she'd had enough and refused to get out of her bus seat for a white man. Sheyann Webb remembers how, as a small girl, it was her church that moved her to march in Selma. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a powerful presence, so is Rosa Parks, but the big story here is about all those who worked together. Rochelle lists sources and a bibliography that will help kids to follow up on the personal stories. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. pdf
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