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Remember : The Journey to School Integration
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Remember is a unique pictorial and narrative journey that introduces children to a watershed period in American history and its relevance to us today. This beautiful 80-page hardcover picture book is a Coretta Scott King Award winner.

Toni Morrison collected a treasure chest of archival photographs that depict the historical events surrounding school desegregation. These unforgettable images serve as the inspiration for Ms. Morrison's text--a fictional, approachable version of the dialogue and emotions of the children who lived during the era of "separate but equal" schooling.

Includes an introduction from Toni Morrison, a chronology of key events in Civil Rights and school integration history, and photo notes that describe the actual date, location, and content of each picture

As Booklist said: The photos are electrifying. Beautifully reproduced in sepia prints, the archival images humanize the politics of the Civil Rights movement.

The provocative, candid images and conversational text should spark questions and discussion, a respect for past sacrifices, and inspiration for facing future challenges, commented School Library Journal.

This item is Non-Returnable

  • ISBN-13: 9780618397402
  • ISBN-10: 061839740X
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publish Date: May 2004
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Page Count: 78
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7

Revisiting a tumultuous era

Brown versus the Board of Education, the historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring segregated schools unconstitutional, occurred 50 years ago this month, on May 17, 1954. To celebrate this pivotal milestone, Pulitzer Prize winner and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison has gathered archival photographs depicting the events surrounding school integration and created a unique book for young people titled Remember: The Journey to School Integration.

Remember puts history in context for a new generation of readers through photographs of segregated schools, newspaper headlines announcing the Supreme Court decision and scenes of protests. Morrison has interlaced fictional text with some of the visuals in order to suggest the emotions of the children and adults who participated in this tumultuous era of change. Morrison explains her intentions in an author's note, saying, "I have imagined the thoughts and feelings of some of the people in the photographs chosen to help tell this story. They are children, teenagers, adults: ordinary people leading ordinary lives all swept up in events that would mark all of our lives."

Perhaps just as fascinating as Morrison's narratives are the extensive photo notes at the end of the book, which provide a place, date and description of the amazing documentary photographs included in the book. The notes provide historical background that will help extend and enrich a child's experience of the struggle to integrate American schools. Also included is a page of milestones in civil rights and school integration history, which provides highlights of events from 1896 through November 1999, when the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Remember is dedicated to the four young girls who died in the bombing of their Birmingham church on September 15, 1963. The final photograph in the book shows two girls, one white, one black, holding hands. Morrison's text reads, "Anything can happen. Anything at all. See?"