March 18, 2020

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When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night.
The Freedom Summer Murders
Don Mitchell

The Freedom Summer Murders

By: Don Mitchell
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8, 9

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, this will be the first book for young adults to explore the harrowing true story of three civil rights workers slain by the KKK. In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. --From the website at Scholastic

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The Floor of the Sky
Pamela Carter Joern

The Floor of the Sky

By: Pamela Carter Joern
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12, College Plus

The inner worlds of characters isolated by geography and habit are revealed in a novel, set in the Nebraska Sandhills, about an aging widow on the verge of losing her family's ranch and her sixteen-year old pregnant granddaughter who visits her for the summer. -- From University of Nebraska Press

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Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou
Bethany Hegedus

Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

By: Bethany Hegedus
Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

In this comprehensive picture-book biography geared towards older readers, Bethany Hegedus traces Maya Angelous's life from her early days in Stamps, Arkansas, through her work as a freedom fighter to her triumphant rise as a poet of the people.  --From Lee & Low Books

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

By: Malcolm X
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, College Plus

In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America. -- From Ballantine Books

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