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From Amistad To The White House is a visually-driven and thought-provoking non-fiction narrative. You are taken on a journey through the landmark sites of the Civil Rights Movement where you relive the major events of the African-American struggle for equality, beginning with the involuntary passengers of the Amistad in 1839, to retracing the great strides of progress achieved during the Civil Rights period. The journey continues to the election of our first African-American President, including "Teachable Moments" through President Obama's last months in office.
Kay Harris's journey south of the Mason-Dixon line is punctuated with her personal reflections of how our nation has evolved, as well as the challenges yet to be met. The photo images include the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of the historic "Bloody Sunday" March which led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Going beyond a recap of the historical events, Harris captures the emotion, spirit and mood of the times, and challenges us to embrace the "teachable moments" that confront us in our communities and our nation. Weaved within her personal color photos are black-and-white archival images of the events as they occurred.
From Amistad To The White House is an excellent reference for young adults to learn about the details leading up to each of the major events covered. The rich images bring to life every encounter, which will encourage readers to keep moving through the pages. Students can dive deeper into any of the events as Harris observes that every chapter covered can be a book by itself.
For those who grew up during the Civil Rights Era, From Amistad to the White House brings to the forefront many of the back stories that may have been forgotten, and shares how the stories intertwine from one event to the next.
From Amistad To The White House reminds us of how far the nation has evolved to have elected its first African-American president. Ultimately From Amistad To The White House: "Teachable Moments" From 1839 To Within My Lifetime will stimulate conversation to aid in a better understanding and respect within our multi-cultural "World House."
Includes an Appendix which references the contact information for each of the Civil Rights Landmarks and Museums visited by the author.
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