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We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham…

We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

by Cynthia Levinson

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Told from the primary point of view of 4 youths in the Children's March, the book may have been better serviced in focusing on one or two perspectives as the primary narrators. There is so much to read and enjoy, but there is such a thing as overload which undermines the beauty of the event, all painstakingly real. ( )
  JCLHeatherM | Jan 27, 2018 |
Tells the story of the Children's March in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, from the perspective of 4 adults who were children at the time. An honest, brutal, and uplifting account of the pivotal role of Birmingham's African American children in the Civil Rights Movement.
  Mauria | May 31, 2016 |
This book is in a space where there are a lot of existing texts (as there should be) but what it adds is the role of young people as activists in the civil rights movement. I found it particularly interesting that the march on Birmingham happened before Miranda v. Arizona, so these children were often uniformed about their rights. They stood up for what they believed despite their fears. Levinson asks "How often do you get to meet your heroes?" The people in her book are certainly worthy of the title. ( )
  CALammert | Apr 23, 2016 |
Narrated by Ervin Ross. The author interviewed four adults who were involved in civil rights protests in Birmingham, Alabama, as teenagers. Through their recollections and the author's research, it is quite a story of the fight against injustice and for equality. For children to step up where adults feared to tread was pretty amazing. There was nobility in the protest, but ugliness, too, as several people, including Wash chose to act violently, against civil rights leaders' wishes. Ross narrates in a terse, factual tone befitting the history. Excerpts of recorded interviews are included. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This book is an account of how 4,000 students (elementary-high school) volunteered to march and go to jail in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. It shows the power of children in making change where adults may fail. Through the voices of four of the participants we are privy to an account of the events before, during, and after their march and jail time. This is worth examining and sharing with students! ( )
  flackm | Jul 25, 2015 |
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In Birmingham, Alabama, three to four thousand African American students marched in protest of segregation. This book details that May in 1963 by profiling four young people who were involved in the march.
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Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.

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