Birmingham 1963

Birmingham 1963

by Carole Boston Weatherford


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A poetic tribute to the victims of the racially motivated church bombing that served as a seminal event in the struggle for civil rights. In 1963, the eyes of the world were on Birmingham, Alabama, a flashpoint for the civil rights movement. Birmingham was one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Civil rights demonstrators were met with police dogs and water cannons. On Sunday, September 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan planted sticks of dynamite at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, which served as a meeting place for civil rights organizers. The explosion killed four little girls. Their murders shocked the nation and turned the tide in the struggle for equality. A Jane Addams Children's Honor Book, here is a book that captures the heartbreak of that day, as seen through the eyes of a fictional witness. Archival photographs with poignant text written in free verse offer a powerful tribute to the young victims.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590784402
Publisher: Thinkingdom
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 748,038
Product dimensions: 7.88(w) x 8.31(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is an award-winning poet and author of over two dozen books for children, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins. She has won the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for the Social Studies and the Juvenile Literature Award from the American Association of University Women-North Carolina.

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Birmingham 1963 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
missrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very moving collection of verse. Uses photographs from the actual events that the poetry is describing. The word choice of the author makes the pictures come alive and the events come alive.
JudiMoreillon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Weatherford contrasts the narrator's everyday story with the tragic events of that particular day to powerful effect. A reader cannot read this book of poignant poems without feeling the pain of racial hatred. The memorial poems at the end, one to each of the four murdered girls, will bring tears to your eyes.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The perfect companion to "The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis. While the narrator of this free verse poem is fictional, all of the other characters and events, including pictures are real. This work vividly describes the horror of the church bombing that killed four young girls in 1963. Very moving.