Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Birmingham, 1963

History and poetry rolled together in one touching book is Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford.  This is a fictional story of an actual event in history told with poetry and the use of authentic photographs.  The powerful words describe the church bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963. Four young girls lost their lives.  The author gives a beautiful tribute to each girl at the end of the book.
What a great book to share with older elementary, junior, or senior high kids about the struggle for equality during the time of the civil rights moment.  It love how the author told the story from the view point of an innocent child putting you there in the middle of this shocking event in history.  I would highly recommend it. 

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