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Home State Authors

At the end of 2014, I fell into a “reading rut.” My Reading Resolution to read a book by an author from my home state of Texas sharpened my focus when I was looking for a new book. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Y. Levinson (who lives most of the year in Austin) seemed like it would be a fascinating read, and it wasn’t something I’d have read without the home-state challenge!

 

We’ve Got a Job provides a detailed account of the heroic actions of young African Americans in Birmingham, Alabama, as part of the civil rights movement. In 1963, Birmingham was an extremely hostile environment for African Americans. In addition to laws of racial segregation, the African American community suffered from regular attacks on their churches, their schools, and their homes.

Cynthia’s book contains firsthand testimony from four African American youths in Birmingham about their suffering at the hand of racial segregation and their contribution to the civil rights movement in 1963. The testimonies include Audrey Faye Hendricks’s, who at nine years old was the youngest activist to go to jail fighting for civil rights.

The book includes pictures of the four witnesses whose stories are featured, as well as images of marches and popular civil rights leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The book also includes detailed time lines of events and excerpts of civil rights speeches that inspired these youths to join the movement.

 

 

When studying American history, it is easy to lose sight of the individuals who took part in the movements that changed the course of America. I am glad that I chose to read We’ve Got a Job because it provided me with an authentic sense of the personalities and individuals that made up the civil rights movement.

In my opinion, this book is great teaching tool that merits a place in every classroom library, especially this February, as we celebrate Black History Month. I know I will definitely be referring back to it during this time!

What books by authors from your home state are you excited about? Let us know in the comments below.

 

About the Author: Rebecca Yoshor is a proud Texan.

 

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