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Special Program at the Library of Congress on the 50th Annicersary of the Supreme Court's decision on interracial marriage

Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, mvalen@loc.gov, 202-707-1950.

A TIME TO ACT: JOHN F. KENNEDY'S BIG SPEECH

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Corey
Author's First Name: 
Shana
Illustrator's First Name: 
R. Gregory
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Christie
Publisher: 
NorthSouth
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
Although it begins with a brief biographical look at John F. Kennedy, the author turns to a look at the Civil Rights Movement and Kennedy’s initial avoidance of the issue. The text shows how Kennedy came around to action and focuses on his challenging speech in 1963. It ends with a challenge to the reader to continue the movement. Nominated by Bridget Harvey (7-10)

LOVING VS. VIGINIA : A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS CASE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Powell
Author's First Name: 
Patricia Hruby
Illustrator's First Name: 
Shadra
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Strickland
Publisher: 
Chronicle
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
In free verse that reads like conversations we learn of the love that grows between Mildred Jeter and her brother's friend Richard Loving. It is not until well into their narratives that we learn Mildred is African American, Richard, Caucasian. Their marriage is against the laws of Virginia and a very hostile and aggressive sheriff makes their life miserable until he drives them north. But desperate to be near family, they keep returning and finally their case goes before the Supreme Court. Strickland's few illustrations are soft warm tones interspersed with photographs and newspaper headlines. An important book about how 2 simple people with no "agenda", just the desire to be together and raise their family close to relatives changed the law. Edie Ching (10-14)

FREDERICK DOUGLASS : THE LION WHO WROTE HISTORY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Myers
Author's First Name: 
Walter Dean
Illustrator's First Name: 
Floyd
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cooper
Publisher: 
Harper
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With careful deliberate text, matched by illustrations whose softness delie the serious nature of the topic, we are introduced to the subject as a young slave and watch him evolve into the educated, deliberative activist he became. Cooper's illustrations often focus on the face or body of Douglass, dominating his background, the strength of his personality apparent. Myers calls Douglass careful in his decision, he is careful with his words. We understand how Douglass' desire for knowledge increased as he observed the whites around him, how he used this knowledge to escape and how he recognized that the rights of others, especially women, were an important part of his fight for Negro rights. A book with new insights into an important figure. Edie Ching (ages 7-10).

REVOLUTION

Revolution - book cover image
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wiles
Author's First Name: 
Deborah
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2014

Warned to stay away from the northern invaders who have come to Mississippi in the Freedom Summer of 1964 to help African Americans register to vote, Sunny’s curiosity pulls her in the other direction—to search for them.

BROWN GIRL DREAMING

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Woodson
Author's First Name: 
Jacqueline
Publisher: 
Nancy Paulsen
Publication Date: 
2014
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

In poems of varying length the author describes growing up with 3 siblings in a loving family relationship that varied between New York And South Caroline. While civil rights issues were part of her experience this is a coming of age story of any child who has loving and involved grandparents, some learning difficulties, a dream 9to be a writer), family expectations (especially about religion) and a strong sense of the natural world. A wonderful read. Ten to Fourteen.

REVOLUTION [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wiles
Author's First Name: 
Deborah
Narrator's First Name: 
Stacey
Narrator's Last Name: 
Aswad
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2014

See annotation under "Fourteen and Up." 

THE PORT CHICAGO 50; DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sheinkin
Author's First Name: 
Steve
Narrator's First Name: 
Dominic
Narrator's Last Name: 
Hoffman
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2014

See annotation under "Ten to Fourteen."

FREEDOM SUMMER: THE 1964 STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN MISSISSIPPI

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rubin
Author's First Name: 
Susan Goldman
Publisher: 
Holiday House
Publication Date: 
2014

The murder of three courageous, idealistic student volunteers while working to register black voters in Mississippi in the face of violent resistance is presented through a compelling narrative accompanied by photographs and documents bringing the Civil Rights struggle into focus.

THE PORT CHICAGO 50: DISASTER, MUTINY, AND THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sheinkin
Author's First Name: 
Steve
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2014

A 1944 munitions explosion at Port Chicago caused mass casualties among primarily African-American sailors, fifty of whom were convicted of mutiny for refusing to return to work. Sheinkin’s meticulously researched narrative and gripping primary sources unveil institutional racism and unjust—and illegal—treatment of African-Americans during WWII.

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