Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement (Paperback)

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At once a reference book and a story to be read over and over, Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round weaves together stories and songs of the Civil Rights Movement. Rappaport foregrounds lesser known figures, such as eight year old Sheyan Webb, and in each vignette, emphasizes collective action and passionate, intellectual resistance. See other titles in the same series: No More: Stories and Songs of Slave Resistance and Free at Last: Stories and Songs of Emancipation. --Teaching for Change


A powerful trilogy concludes with a look at both famous and lesser-known forces in the ongoing struggle for civil rights.

In the summer of 1955, Moses Wright braved mortal danger to testify against three white men accused of murdering Emmett Till — a brutal event that helped to spur the American civil rights movement. Nine black teenagers in Little Rock, Arkansas, headed out to a formerly white high school, despite warnings that "blood will run in the streets." James Lawson trained activists not to fight back with fists or words, no matter how many billy clubs rained down on them. Through ten turbulent years, black southerners filled jails and public places with the songs and strength passed down from their ancestors. This final book in a trilogy about the African-American experience is a tribute to the crusaders for equality and peace in America, a crusade that continues to this day.

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport is the author of numerous books for young readers, including MARTIN'S BIG WORDS: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., illustrated by Bryan Collier, and THE SCHOOL IS NOT WHITE! A TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, illustrated by Curtis James. She lives in Copake Falls, New York.

Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of several children's books, including HOMEMADE LOVE by bell hooks and OSCEOLA: MEMORIES OF A SHARECROPPER'S DAUGHTER by Alan Govenar. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0763638927
ISBN-13: 9780763638924
Published: Candlewick, 09/23/2008
Pages: 64
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 9
Maximum Age: 12
Minimum Grade Level: 4th Grade
Maximum Grade Level: 7th Grade