The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin

Port Chicago 50Summary:  Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.

Roaring Brook

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Fire in the Streets, by Kekla Magoon

Summary: In the aftermath of Dr. King’s assassination in 1968, Chicago fourteen-year-old Maxie longs to join the Black Panthers, whether or not her brother Raheem, ex-boyfriend Sam, or her friends like it, and is soon caught up in the violence of anti-war and civil rights demonstrations.

Aladdin

We’ve Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, by Cynthia Levinson

Summary: Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.

Peachtree

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Ten Miles Past Normal, by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Summary:  Because living with “modern-hippy” parents on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janie Gorman cannot have a normal high school life, she tries joining Jam Band, making friends with Monster, and spending time with elderly former civil rights workers.

Atheneum

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A Tugging String: A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era by David Greenburg

Summary: A fictionalized account of the author’s years growing up in Great Neck, New York, during the turbulent civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, when African Americans were struggling to attain equality, with his father, who was a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Includes commentary from the author’s father, Jack Greenberg.  176 p., Dutton Childrens Books.

A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg

Summary: As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963–and violence against African Americans intensifies–the black residents, including seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, in the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice. 320 p., Delacorte Press.

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