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Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Holiday Shelf: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday

Let's Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr.!
by Peter and Connie Roop

M.L. thought about the school where he and Christine went.  There were no white children there.  The white children wen to another, better school.

His mother told M.L. something he never forgot.  she said, "You must never feel that you are less than anybody else.  You must always feel that you are somebody!"

Still, M.L. was very angry.  He wanted to hate every white person, but he was too nice to really hate anyone.

Let's Read About . . . Rosa Parks
by Courtney Baker
illustrated by Robert Hunt

Rosa also wanted to help change another law, too.  This law said that a black person had to give up his or her seat on a bus if a white person did not have one.  Rosa thought this law was wrong.

Let's Read About . . . Ruby Bridges
by Ruby Bridges and Grace Maccarone
illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

In 1961, Ruby was in first grade.  Ruby's mother took her to the Frantz School.  Two marshals went with Ruby and her mother to make sure that they would be safe.

Sister Anne's Hands
by Marybeth Lorbiecki
illustrated by K. Wendy Popp

One night, after we'd been put to bed, Mom said in a whisper, "She'll be Anna's teacher."

And Dad replied, "I don't know how a woman of her color is going to survive."

Of her color?  I wondered.  What color could she be?  Purple?  Green?  Orange?  That night my dreams were full of teachers as colorful as birds.

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