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Family Program: Standing Up for Civil Rights

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Roswell Public Library

115 Norcross Street

Roswell, GA 30075

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In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, a first-grade teacher and the daughter of civil rights leader and former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and Raul Colón, acclaimed illustrator of numerous children’s books, take readers on a vivid trip back to Paula’s childhood in an extraordinary family—the family of the American civil rights movement. 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.

The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination is a perfect time to teach children the importance of standing up for what they believe in. The Roswell Library makes learning fun at several activity stations: Meet and Greet where they can make, and take pictures with, new friends; Read and Discuss, featuring the children’s book selection Child of the Civil Rights Movement; and a Poster Building station, sharing the message of friendship, harmony and respect.


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