Monday, April 9, 2012

Mississippi: Freedom School Yes!

Every now and then I run into a book that is wonderful, but doesn’t easily lend itself to an activity, but I still want to share it.  This is one of those books.

 

It tells the story of the Freedom Schools that happened in Mississippi back in the summer of 1964.

 

This is a compilation story, it assembles facts from several different  people who were teachers for the summer and several of the cities where it took place to make one story.

 

Mississippi Freedom school

 

It tells the brave story of one young woman who comes down to be the teacher and one young girl who is brave enough to go to school, even if she’s threatened.

 

Then it tells of all the great stories of African Americans.  It tells about Crispus Attucks the first person killed in the American Revolution.

 

Harriet Tubman, who led many of her people to freedom.

 

Of Benjamin Bannaker, who was the son of a slave man and an indentured servant who both became free, and how he designed Washington D.C. (which by the way that family’s story is also amazing, and another book I never wrote about, but loved).

 

Nothing I could design would compare with the bravery in these stories.  I do not want to trifle with it.  So, it was simple, cut it out and read about these brave people.

 

And sometimes that is all you need to do.

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