Thanks for the Memories

Posted by Rita Lorraine

Hi Everybody,
Back to tell you about another wonderful multicultural book for your reading pleasure.

If you are building your historical library and want a moving book with beautiful illustrations and many historical facts, I want to point you in the direction of Child of the Civil Rights Movement, by Paula Young Shelton.

This very important book documents a turbulent time in our history, and does so with Shelton’s simplistic writing and the soothingly beautiful illustrations of artist Raul Colon. Together, Shelton’s storytelling ability and Colon’s artistic talent breathe new life into long-past events, where little children were forced to watch their beloved families be barred from restaurants and restrooms, simply because of the color of their skin.

Shelton, the daughter of politician, human rights activist and businessman Andrew Young, experienced the Civil Rights Movement firsthand. In Child of the Civil Rights Movement, she relays those still-vivid memories with an easy feel, referring to members of her “Civil Rights family” by their first names. There is her “Uncle Martin” (Martin Luther King, Jr.), her “Aunt Coretta,” and other bigger-than-life personalities that, for many of us, were at first only names in a book.

Shelton describes how white restaurant owners refused to seat her family, and how she sat down, cried loudly and engaged in her very own “little sit-in.” She recalls a television news show about the Freedom Riders, black and white students whose bus was torched as they rode to the South to protest bad laws. She also relives how her father “marched, organized, registered voters, protested unfair laws, and taught nonviolence,” and how he was sometimes beaten because of it.

Even in the face of so dark a subject, Shelton brings out the sunshine and beauty of people like Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, Jr., who achieved much, despite their ordeals. The book culminates with the 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, (with the National Guard escorting them all the way) which inspired President Johnson to sign the bill that made sure all people—black and white, had the opportunity to vote.

For a moving story about a brave young Civil Rights participant and her brave family and friends, be sure to read Child of the Civil Rights Movement, by Paula Young Shelton.

Ms. Young, thanks for the memories.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this review. YES, I received the book free-of-charge, but this in no way influenced my review. I just found this book a Black History lover’s dream come true.

Until next time, best wishes and happy reading (and writing)!

Rita Lorriane

1 Comment

  • Great blog post. Really looking forward to reading more.

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