Sunday, May 9, 2010

Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge

In 1965 in our country black men and women in the south were not able to vote. Although all adults were legally entitled to vote, the governor of Alabama helped enforce tests and fees for black voters that were not applied to white voters. Any African-American adult who wanted to register to vote also had to have someone vouch that they were a "good Negro" before they were even allowed to take the required tests. Outraged at the inequality blacks in Alabama began staging nonviolent protests with the help of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although the protests were remarkable all by themselves, what made these different from others was that many of the protesters were children and teens who could march and not jeopardize their family income by losing jobs. Marching for Freedom describes the many nonviolent protests and marches that were met with beatings and prison. And yet as the movement grew more and more people came to help defeat the unfair practices. A great description - with lots of amazing pictures - of a time in our country's history that is not as far in the past as you would think.

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