A Mighty Long Way

Author : Carlotta Walls Lanier
ISBN : 9780345511010
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A personal account of the nation's most famous school integration recounts the author's decision to attend Little Rock's all-white Central High and describes how subsequent events affected her family's beliefs about dedication, perseverance, and sacrifice.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Mighty Long Way

Author : Carlotta Walls LaNier
ISBN : 9780345511003
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An insider's account of the nation's most famous school integration recounts how the author made the decision to attend Arkansas's all-white Central High because of geographical practicality rather than a sense of heroism, describing how subsequent events affected her family's beliefs about dedication, perseverance, and sacrifice. By the co-author of the best-selling The Pact.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Mighty Long Way

Author : Carlotta Walls Lanier
ISBN : 0345517245
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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BONUS: This edition contains an A Mighty Long Way discussion guide. When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the landscape of America. For Carlotta and the eight other children, simply getting through the door of this admired academic institution involved angry mobs, racist elected officials, and intervention by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to escort the Nine into the building. But entry was simply the first of many trials. Breaking her silence at last and sharing her story for the first time, Carlotta Walls has written an engrossing memoir that is a testament not only to the power of a single person to make a difference but also to the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Cracking The Wall

Author : Eileen Lucas
ISBN : 9780761358411
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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In 1957, nine teenagers were chosen to be the first black students to attend all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. A small group of people in Little Rock, including the governor of Arkansas, wanted to keep them out. But those nine studen
Category: Juvenile Fiction

No Struggle No Progress

Author : Howard Fuller
ISBN : 1626000441
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book tells the story of one mans life journey in the heart of the struggle to reform the nation's schools. Fuller has always believed that it is important for poor and working class Black people to gain access to the levers of power dictating their lives. He believes that those of us who are educated and resourceful have a moral and historical responsibility to help them, and that is what he has always tried to do. Early in his life he found truth in the words of the great Frederick Douglass: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.” “So struggle we must” says Fuller. That understanding of the relationship between struggle and progress is what propelled him down dark alleys and dirt roads in some of North Carolina's poorest communities in the 1960s and pushed him into the bush, mountains, and war-torn villages of Africa nearly a decade later.“It is what pushes me still in the fight over one of the most contentious education issues of this era: parental choice. I believe deep in my heart that giving low-income and working class parents the power (and the money) to make choices about the schools their children attend will not only revolutionize education but provide the compass to a better life for the many poor, Black children stuck in failing systems. … Education reform is one of the most crucial social justice issues of our time, and I will spend the rest of my days fighting for my people, most especially those without the power or the resources to fight for themselves.”
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Turn Away Thy Son

Author : Elizabeth Jacoway
ISBN : 9781416548287
Genre : History
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In September 1957, the nation was transfixed by nine black students attempting to integrate Central High School in Little Rock in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision. Governor Orval Faubus had defied the city's integration plan by calling out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the students from entering the school. Newspapers across the nation ran front-page photographs of whites, both students and parents, screaming epithets at the quiet, well-dressed black children. President Eisenhower reluctantly deployed troops from the 101st Air-borne, both outside and inside the school. Integration proceeded, but the turmoil of Little Rock had only just begun. Public schools were soon shut down for a full year. Black students endured outrageous provocation by white classmates. Governor Faubus's popularity skyrocketed, while the landmark case Cooper v. Aaron worked its way to the Supreme Court and eventually paved the way for the integration of the south. Betsy Jacoway was a Little Rock student just two years younger than the youngest of the Little Rock Nine. Her "Uncle Virgil" was Superintendent of Schools Virgil Blossom. Congressman Brooks Hays was an old family friend, and her "Uncle Dick" was Richard Butler, the lawyer who argued Cooper v. Aaron before the Supreme Court. Yet, at the time, she was cocooned away from the controversy in a protective shell that was typical for white southern "good girls." Only in graduate school did she begin to question the foundations of her native world, and her own distance from the controversy. Turn Away Thy Son is the product of thirty years of digging behind the conventional account of the crisis, interviewing whites and blacks, officials and students, activists and ordinary citizens. A tour de force of history and memory, it is also a brilliant, multifaceted mirror to hold up to America today. She knows what happened to the brave black students once they got inside the doors of the school. She knows how the whites' fear of "race mixing" drove many locals to extremes of anger, paranoia, and even violence. She knows that Orval Faubus was only a reluctant segregationist, and that her own cousin's timid tokenism precipitated the crisis. Above all, Turn Away Thy Son shows in vivid detail why school desegregation was the hottest of hot-button issues in the Jim Crow south. In the deepest recesses of the southern psyche, Jacoway encounters the fear of giving black men sexual access to white women. The truth about Little Rock differs in many ways from the caricature that emerged in the press and in many histories -- but those differences pale in comparison to the fundamental driving force behind the story. Turn Away Thy Son is a riveting, heartbreaking, eye-opening book.
Category: History

Becoming Coach Shaw

Author : Darwin F. Shaw
ISBN : 150043762X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When faced with adversity, you can give up. . .or you can run your race.Success did not come easy to Darwin Shaw. Raised by his grandparents and extended family members, Darwin's childhood was filled with hardships and heartbreaks. With the help of people who cared, Darwin learned valuable lessons that helped him to face—and beat—tremendous odds. Becoming Coach Shaw is a powerful reminder that setbacks are not permanent and small steps can help us to run the race of our dreams.Advance Praise for "Becoming Coach Shaw":"Darwin “Bubby” Shaw's message is one that will resonate with young and old alike: Run your race—and know that God has a plan for your life."—Stan Simpson,host of The Stan Simpson Show, Fox CT; former Hartford Courant columnist"Darwin Shaw has an inspirational story of how he survived tragedy at a young age and rose from a childhood of poverty and little direction to become a trusted coach helping aimless youths find their way. He shares his story and the accompanying lessons in short, digestible bites. But they are packed with much wisdom and power."—Lisa Frazier Page,co-author of The New York Times-bestseller, The Pact: Three Men Make a Promise and Fulfill and Dream and Living and A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
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Their Highest Potential

Author : Vanessa Siddle Walker
ISBN : 0807845817
Genre : Education
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African American schools in the segregated South faced enormous obstacles in educating their students. But some of these schools succeeded in providing nurturing educational environments in spite of the injustices of segregation. Vanessa Siddle Walker tel
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Elizabeth And Hazel

Author : David Margolick
ISBN : 0300187920
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Looks at the lives of the two women at the center of a famous historic photograph taken during the Little Rock school desegregation crisis in 1957, in a book that discusses how each dealt with the fallout from that day.
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