readings on history of civil rights struggles for ages 10 to 12
November 11, 2016 7:46 AM   Subscribe

I've seen requests from multiple acquaintances for materials suitable for 10 to 12 year olds the history of civil rights struggles and also in philosophy. Please help.
posted by bleary to Education (4 answers total)

All of Mildred Taylor's books, especially Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry are a good historical fiction portrayal of the segregated south. I Am Ruby Bridges is a good first-person account of school integration. PBS has some good programs available about Dr. King that go beyond the usual Dream Speech. The Watsons Go to Birmingham is another great book/movie about the civil rights movement.

If they are a bit more sophisticated, I recommend 47 by Walter Mosely and Warriors Don't Cry. And any of Beverly Naidoo's historical fiction about the struggle against apartheid in south africa.
posted by mai at 12:50 PM on November 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist by Houtman, Naegle & Long is aimed at encouraging young adults to advocate and become, in Bayard's footsteps, angelic troublemakers. It uses simple language. It includes brief explainers on relevant topics like "Cold War," "AFSC," and "Gandhi" to help those new to this history understand the context.

Paperback or ebook, published by the FGC Quaker Press. Rustin was a Quaker firmly committed to nonviolence. He stuck to this philosophy in World War II even as he was campaigning for integrating the armed forces.

It covers his youth, his musical career, his worldwide travel to connect with other nonviolent activists, and his important, unheralded work on the March on Washington. (Rustin was comfortable in his gayness, but the SCLC leadership were concerned it would be a liability.)

Since Rustin worked principally behind the scenes, this book provides an important perspective on the day-to-day work of civil rights advocates. Rustin was born in 1912, the grandson of a slave. Readers will learn how the civil rights movement wasn't something that happened only in the late 50s and early 60s.
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posted by bleary at 9:34 AM on January 20, 2017

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