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We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March
Teen - 7th-10th Grade, Age 12-15 
180 p. ; 
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Provides an unflinching exploration of Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, when a series of protests including the Children's March, changed a community and country. Told through the perspectives of four participants, the book relates history with an immediacy and authenticity rarely found in such nonfiction. NOTE: Since the book features eyewitness accounts and quotes from major players, racially insensitive language is used within appropriate historical contexts. Some young adults may need direction in understanding the usage of terms that are inappropriate in contemporary society.
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Essential reading on American and Black history, race, protest and youth activism

★ Four Starred Reviews ★

Editors' Choice Book ―The New York Times

Jane Addams Children's Book Award

Top 10 Black History Books for Youth ―Booklist

Best Books of the Year ―Booklist

Best of 2012 ―Kirkus Reviews

Best Books 2012 List ―Publishers Weekly

Best Books of the Year ―School Library Journal

Parents' Choice Gold Award

A Junior Library Guild Selection

The inspiring story of the 1963 Birmingham Children's March, one of the greatest moments in civil rights history, as seen through the eyes of four young people at the center of the action. From award-winning author Cynthia Levinson.

The 1963 Birmingham Children's March was a turning point in American history. African Americans had had enough of segregation and police brutality, but with their lives and jobs at stake, most adults were hesitant to protest the city's racist culture. So the fight for civil rights lay in the hands of children like Audrey Hendricks, Wash Booker, James Stewart, and Arnetta Streeter.

We've Got a Job tells the little-known story of the 4,000 Black elementary, middle, and high school students who answered Dr. Martin Luther King's call to "fill the jails." Between May 2 and May 11, 1963, these young people voluntarily went to jail, drawing national attention to the cause, helping bring about the repeal of segregation laws, and inspiring thousands of other young people to demand their rights.

Combining extensive research and in-depth interviews with protesters, award-winning author Cynthia Levinson recreates the events of the Birmingham Children's March from a new and very personal perspective. Archival photography and informational sidebars throughout. Backmatter includes an afterword, author's note, timeline, map, and bibliography.
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