Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me

Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me, A Memoir by John A. Stokes with Lois Wolfe, PhD
As a child tending crops on the family farm, John Stokes never dreamed that one day he would be at the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Yet, on April 23, 1951, he and his fellow students walked out of the school and into the history books. Their school was built to accommodate 180 students, yet over 400 black students attended classes in leaky buildings with tar paper walls. A potbelly stove served as the only source of heat, and the school lacked running water, indoor plumbing, and a cafeteria. Yet to Stokes and his fellow students, it was their path to a better life.

1 comment:

Naomi Milliner/Children's Literature said...

...Written in a friendly, engaging style, this memoir is a fascinating story of hope, courage, conviction and determination that is guaranteed to inspire its readers to set an example for their fellow students. That way, one day, someone will be able to stand on your shoulders.