Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
As Dr. Martin Luther King aged, he continued his battle for equality, economic justice, and the Vietnam War’s end. His final struggle was the Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968 after two men died. Elegant text and complementary archival photographs highlight this event with backmatter offering further clarification.
Interviews with Audrey, Wash, James, and Arnetta, participants as children in the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, recreate the rarely-related story of this important civil rights event. After they protested peacefully, they were arrested and jailed. Archival photographs and extensive author notes complement the well-researched narrative of their role in Birmingham’s desegregation.
Young, old, disabled, healthy, black, white gather to march on Washington at Lincoln Memorial with Dr. King in this simple story illustrated with pencil outlines on textured colors. Backmatter offers dates and facts about this pivotal period in history.
Well-drawn, expressive black and white illustrations emphasize the racial conflicts in Houston during 1968. Long’s semi-autobiographical graphic novel recounts that his father, a white television reporter, realized that he and an African-American professor at Texas Southern University must try to become friends if they would overcome racism.
In 1963, someone killed four little girls in a racially-motivated bomb attack. Who were they, and what events led to that tragic day? Black and white photos, thorough research, and a moving narrative provide context for this chronological account of a horrific event.
Bright watercolors punctuated with jaunty black lines and quotations from Dr. Martin Luther King depict the growth and success of the movement to end racial segregation in public places that four African-American college students in Greensboro, NC, sparked by staging the first restaurant sit-in.
Twenty-four beautifully crafted sonnets evoke Miss Crandall's mid-nineteenth century school in Connecticut: the students' fervor, the local vigilantes, and the school's ultimate fiery end. Subdued illustrations complement this important and little-known story.
Powerful photographs and engaging text chronicle the participation of youth in the violent protests surrounding the 1965 freedom march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. First-hand accounts provide vivid details and convey the fear and excitement of these historic events.
Claudette Colvin, just a teenager in 1955, was the first African-American to refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus—an act of courage that changed her life and helped to change the world.