WE’VE GOT A JOB: THE 1963 BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN’S MARCH by Cynthia Levinson

Last week, I posted a blog that told the story of the Children’s March in the award-winning and beautifully-illustrated non-fiction picture book Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson.  This week, as I continued my research into children’s literature about the struggle for civil rights in the United States, I found a wonderful photo-essay for children and adolescents that tells the story of the Children’s March from the vantage point of 4 children who were at the heart of the march: We’ve Got a Job:  The 1963 Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson. Audrey Hendricks, Wash Booker, James Stewart, and Ametta Streeter were among the 4,000 Black elementary, middle, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail between May 2 and May 11, 1963. In-depth interviews and extensive research make this a compelling addition to must-reads about the power of marching and non-violent protest.  As one reviewer raved:
“This photo-essay stands out for its engrossing content, excellent composition, and riveting use of primary-source material. Covering the history of the Birmingham Children’s March from inception to full impact, Levinson traces the stories of four young people between the ages of 9 and 15 in 1963…With a helpful list of abbreviations, excellent source notes, photo credits, a fine bibliography, and a comprehensive index, this a great research source, but it’s also just plain thought-provoking reading about a time that was both sobering and stirring.”

Highly recommended.

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