Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford
the Greensboro Sit-Ins

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When four courageous black teens sat down at a lunch counter in the segregated South of 1960, the reverberations were felt both far beyond and close to home. This insightful story offers a child's-eye view of this seminal event in the American Civil Rights Movement. Connie is used to the signs and customs that have let her drink only from certain water fountains and which bar her from local pools and some stores, but still . . . she'd love to sit at the lunch counter, just like she's seen other girls do.
Showing how an ordinary family becomes involved in the great and personal cause of their times, it's a tale that invites everyone to celebrate our country's everyday heroes, of all ages.

 

About Carole Boston Weatherford

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Carole Boston Weatherford lives in High Point, North Carolina.
 
Published December 29, 2004 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction

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Four African-American college boys stage a sit-in at the local Woolworth’s lunch counter and Connie anxiously watches history unfold as her own brother and sister join the picketing and sit-ins and protest spreads throughout the South.

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In this gorgeous, poetic picture book, Weatherford (The Sound that Jazz Makes ) depicts Harriet Tubman's initial escape from slavery and her mission to lead others to freedom as divinely inspired, and achieved by steadfast faith and prayer.

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Lagarrigue's (My Man Blue ) impressionistic paintings in what appear to be layers of oil paints, capture the story's considerable emotion: the protestors' determination, their opposers' disdain, and Connie's concern and ultimate joy as she, in the finale, digs into a banana split at the Woolworth...

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