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"The School is Not White!"
By Doreen Rappaport
Hyperion Books, 2005
Ages 7 to 11
With the upcoming birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and the recent death of Rosa Parks Noun 1. Rosa Parks - United States civil rights leader who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery (Alabama) and so triggered the national Civil Rights movement (born in 1913)
Parks on our minds, a new book about a family of unsung heroes, the Carters, is a welcome and powerful addition to books for younger readers about the civil rights movement. "The School is Not White!" is the inspirational story of Matthew and Mae Bertha Carter, who in 1965 enrolled their eight children in an all-white school in Mississippi. The Carters believed in their hearts that the only way for their children to avoid a future spent picking cotton like their sharecropper parents was to get a good education.
With the black school in town separate but by no means equal, the Carters hoped that the education their children received in the new, well-funded white school would be worth the sacrifices they would make over the years. `Armed only with love,' Mae Bertha `watched her children go off to war on a shiny, yellow school bus,' enduring years of daily racial taunts and ostracism ostracism (ŏs`trəsĭz'əm), ancient Athenian method of banishing a public figure. It was introduced after the fall of the family of Pisistratus. from white students, parents and even school officials.
The Carters were evicted from their land and home by the plantation owner and threatened with rifles, but church groups and civil rights activists stepped in and helped the family find jobs and a new place to live. But no job or house could make up for the loneliness, the name-calling, the mocking laughter, the raised fists and the spitballs the children endured.
Against these odds, the family persevered and seven of the eight Carter children graduated from the University of Mississippi The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. Founded in 1848, the school is composed of the main campus in Oxford and three branch campuses located in Booneville, Tupelo, and Southaven. , and all went on to have successful careers. An epilogue ep·i·logue also ep·i·log
a. A short poem or speech spoken directly to the audience following the conclusion of a play.
b. The performer who delivers such a short poem or speech.
2. lets readers know what happened to each of them, and includes quotations about their hopes and dreams for their own families.
This is a story of courage, faith and familial love In sociology, familial love is a type affinity or natural affection felt between members of a group bound by common ancestry or blood ties, or through friendship and care. Familial love can also be experienced through kindhearted teachers to their students too. that will inspire readers from any background to remember how even ordinary people can stand up for themselves and make a difference in their communities.
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