…and the Middle School/High School Library has a wide variety of books showcasing the accomplishments of a great people!
We have everything from the civil rights movement to sports to politics to the arts, literature, history and fiction. Stop in and learn something you didn’t know! For instance…
- Did you know that the first person to reach the North Pole might actually have been Matthew Henson, a black man, rather than Admiral Peary? If you didn’t, we’d recommend Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson.
- Did you know that Claudette Colvin, a teenager, was the first person to resist bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama – several months before Rosa Park! If not, you might want to read Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.
- Have you heard that Martin Luther King, Jr. has an autobiography? He does, and you can borrow The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Middle School/High School library.
You might also want to check out We Are Not Afraid, the account of the murder of three college students (James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner) during Freedom Summer in Mississippi in 1964 at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan and the local authorities. Considered one of the best books on the civil rights movement, it inspired the film Mississippi Burning. The ringleader, former preacher Edgar Ray Killen, was finally convicted for his role in the killings in 2005, the 41st anniversary of the atrocity.
Whether you are a student, a parent, or a staff member, we have something for you, and we would love to show you the collection!
In the meantime, we thought you might enjoy these historical moments in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.
Video #1: Montgomery, Alabama, March 25, 1965
Video #2: MLK expresses his frustration on how hard it is to integrate
Video #3: MLK being stoned in Chicago, Aug. 5, 1966
Video #4: Speech at Western Michigan University Dec. 18, 1963