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The School is Not White!

A True Story of the Civil Rights Movement
Illustrator:Curtis JamesPublisher:StarWalk Kids Media
Target Age:8 - 11Grade:3 - 5
Social Studies/Civil Rights
Social Studies/Multicultural
Social Studies/History, U.S.
Narration:yesLexile Level:830L
Guided Reading Level:TReading:RI.3.2 RI.4.4 RI.5.7
Writing:W.5.1W.4.4W.3.7Speaking and Listening:SL.4.1
Language:L.5.4AR Level:4.6
AR Quiz:100007


In Drew, Mississippi, in 1965, the schools were still segregated, with "all-black" schools lacking appropriate resources. The Carters, a family of sharecroppers, had had enough. They wanted their children to have an equal opportunity for a good education. So they sent their kids to the "all-white" schools. Teasing and death threats followed - it was not easy to be black and wage a fight for equality. This beautifully illustrated book tells a true story of faith, courage, and honor: qualities Americans of any color can learn from the Carters.

Editorial Reviews

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: This School is Not White!

Rappaport (Martin's Big Words) relays the wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of one brave black family in rural Mississippi in the 1960s. Sharecroppers on a cotton plantation, Mae Bertha and Matthew Carter believed that "a good education would get their children out of the cotton fields." In 1965, under a new federal law, the Carters enrolled their children in a superior all-white school, a move that cost them their jobs and their home.

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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: This School is Not White!

Grade 2-5. This book tells the story of an African-American family in Mississippi in 1965. The author calls them not-yet-celebrated Americans and recounts their pursuit of an equal education at the beginning of desegregation. When the Carters make the unpopular and risky decision to send their seven children to an all-white school with better resources for students, they face many obstacles both inside and outside the building.

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