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The girl from the tar paper school : Barbara Rose Johns and the advent of the civil rights movement
Kanefield, Teri, 1960- , author.
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014.
Physical Description:
56 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 27 cm
Describes the peaceful protest organized by teenager Barbara Rose Johns in order to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and explains how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement.

"Before the Little Rock Nine, before Rosa Parks, before Martin Luther King Jr. and his March on Washington, there was Barbara Rose Johns, a teenager who used nonviolent civil disobedience to draw attention to her cause. In 1951, witnessing the unfair conditions in her racially segregated high school, Barbara Johns led a walkout--the first public protest of its kind demanding racial equality in the U.S.--jumpstarting the American civil rights movement. Ridiculed by the white superintendent and school board, local newspapers, and others, and even after a cross was burned on the school grounds, Barbara and her classmates held firm and did not give up. Her school's case went all the way to the Supreme Court and helped end segregation as part of Brown v. Board of Education. Barbara Johns grew up to become a librarian in the Philadelphia school system. The Girl from the Tar Paper School mixes biography with social history and is illustrated with family photos, images of the school and town, and archival documents from classmates and local and national news media. The book includes a civil rights timeline, bibliography, and index." -- Publisher's description.
The tar paper shack problem -- A little child shall lead them -- The quiet embrace of the woods -- The time has come -- Stick with us -- Reaching for the moon -- Pupil lashes out at principal -- A lawsuit is filed and the troubles begin -- The lost generation -- "Nothing is as strong as gentleness, nothing as gentle as strength." -- The birth of the civil rights movement -- Author's note -- Select civil rights timeline -- Endnotes -- Sources.
Reading Level:
Middle School

1100 Lexile
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 7.6

Reading Counts! 10.0

Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.6 2.0 159626.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 10. 5 Quiz: 61084.
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