The fight for Civil Rights in America is a continuing struggle, but it’s often difficult to know how to discuss these issues with our children. Here are some resources from the Aurora Public Library District that can help you on that path. Click on each picture to see the full description of the book in our online catalog. Some of my choices are for young children and others are more appropriate for older students, but reading the descriptions or clicking on the “Reviews” link for that book will often show you a recommended age level.
The quotations on this blog post are all from the book Powerful Words: More than 200 Years of Extraordinary Writing by African-Americans.
“… however variable we may be in society or religion, however diversified in situation or colour, we are all of the same family…” Benjamin Banneker in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1791
” The student of American sociology will find the year 1894 marked by a pronounced awakening of the public conscience to a system of anarchy and outlawry which has grown during a series of ten years to be so common, that scenes of unusual brutality failed to have any visible effect upon the humane sentiments of the people of our land.”
Ida B. Wells in A Red Record, 1895
“…the Fourteenth Amendment prevents states from according differential treatment to American children on the basis of their color or race.” – Thurgood Marshall in Brown vs. Board of Education, 1953
“I was determined to achieve the total freedom that our history lessons taught us we were entitled to, no matter what the sacrifice.” – Rosa Parks in Rosa Parks: My Story
“My right and privilege to stand here before you has been won – won in my lifetime – by the blood and the sweat of the innocent.” – Jesse Jackson, 1988
“Now, more than ever before, America is challenged to bring her noble dream into reality, and those who are working to implement the American dream are the true saviors of democracy.” – Martin Luther King, 1961
“We are attempting to fulfill our national purpose, to create and sustain a society in which all of us are equal.” – Barbara Jordan, 1976