“Mention the Civil Rights era in Alabama, and most people recall images of terrible violence. But something different was happening in Huntsville. For the citizens of that city, creativity, courage, and cooperation were the keys to working together to integrate their city and schools in peace. In an engaging celebration of this lesser-known chapter in American and African-American history, author Hester Bass and illustrator E. B. Lewis show children how racial discrimination, bullying, and unfairness can be faced successfully with perseverance and ingenuity.”
I was recently sent a copy of Seeds Of Freedom by Hester Bass to review. This book is a story about segregation in of Huntsville, Alabama. The story is set in 1962 during The Civil Rights Movement. Told in the present tense, Seeds Of Freedom touches upon the reality of how differently African American people were right from the start. The story starts off with examples of how unfair treatment like a girl who has a picture of her traced feet on a sheet of paper because she will not be allowed to try on shoes.
I really liked how the book mentioned how seeds of freedom consistently and what is needed to make them grow. Change does not happen overnight just like you can’t grow a plant immediately. You have to feed it and take care of it. You have to keep at it if you want change to happen.
The citizens of Huntsville courageously worked together to get their voices heard through non violent demonstrations like Blue Jean Sunday and sit ins. Hester Bass packed a lot of information into this book. I was happy to see important people mentioned like Dr. Martin Luther King and President Kennedy. They had very important roles during the Civil Rights Movement.
I think this book is a great way to get a conversation going with children and encourage research to learn more.
You can get a copy of The Seeds Of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville at Amazon.com for $13.50