Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton
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In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Poignant, moving, and hopeful, this is an intimate look at the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Paula Young Shelton is the daughter of civil rights leader and former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young. She is a teacher in Washington, D.C., and a member of the National Black Child Development Institute. Her husband, Hilary O. Shelton, is the director of the NAACP Washington Bureau. Raul Colón is the acclaimed illustrator of numerous children's books.
Published January 19, 2011 by Schwartz & Wade. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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The author’s language can pack a punch, as when she describes her parents’ moving the family from New York “back to Georgia, / back to Jim Crow, / where whites could / but blacks could not.” Colón’s illustrations are exceptional in their use of color and texture to convey emotions and situations.

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On the march to Montgomery, Ala., in the spring of 1965, Paula Young Shelton was only 4 and she recounts that she didn't "march," but was carried, and just for part of the march.

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