Thursday, June 3, 2010
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
Sam and his brother Stick have lived their entire lives in the shadow of their father who works tirelessly for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King. They are well-versed in nonviolent protests as a way of gaining equality. But after several years of these protests Stick is starting to feel that the ways of the Black Panther party might be more effective. Sam is torn between his older brother and his father and when he witnesses a friend being beat for no reason he feels even more confused about the right path for equal rights. It takes a terrible tragedy for Sam to really realize what he needs to do to honor both his father and his brother and the choices they have made.