All they wanted was to learn. In Drew, Mississippi, in 1965, the schools were still segregated. The "all-black" schools were separate and unequal to "white" schools, lacking resources and support from the government. The Carters, a family of sharecroppers, had had enough. Mae Bertha and Matthew wanted their children to have an equal opportunity for a good education. So they sent their kids to the "all-white" schools.Teasing, death threats, and rebuking followed-from the white children and the white adults and teachers. It was not easy to be black and wage a fight for equality, but that's just what the Carters did. Their faith in a higher power and in the goodness of people helped them battle through ignorance and prejudice. As President John F. Kennedy said, "When Americans are sent to war, we do not ask for whites only. American students of any color should be able to attend any school." For the Carters, it would be the fight of their lives.This is a true story of faith, courage, and honor: qualities Americans of any color can learn from the Carters.
About the Author
Doreen Rappaport has written many books for young readers, including an acclaimed trilogy about the African-American experience: NO MORE!, FREE AT LAST!, and NOBODY GONNA TURN ME 'ROUND, all illustrated by Shane W. Evans. She is also the author of MARTIN'S BIG WORDS: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., illustrated by Bryan Collier. She lives in Copake Falls, New York.
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School Is Not White!: A True Story of the Civil Rights Movement based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Beautiful artwork and well placed words tells the story of one family's struggle with desegregation. Seven children off to school daily but suffer daily b/c they are black although the law said they could attend school townspeople did all they could to prevent it. A well told true story of struggle and victory. I would use it to teach about seg & deseg, politics of the time, bravery, bullying, Grades 3-8
This book really touched me because the characters are in my age bracket? We were all born in the 50's. Although we born in the same year and lived a state away, our experiences were different. There's is a story of courage and perservance. What are some life lessons we can learn from the Carters?