Separate Is Not Equal - Brown v. Board of Education

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Nonfiction (Juvenile)

Bridges, Ruby. Through My Eyes: Ruby Bridges. New York: Scholastic, 1999.
Courageous Ruby Bridges, who integrated her local elementary school at the age of six, tells her story.

Rappaport, Doreen. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Hyperion Books, 2001.
The story of Dr. King’s life and struggle for civil rights, with an emphasis on his words and speeches

King, Martin Luther, Jr. I Have a Dream. New York: Scholastic Press, 1997.
Rich illustrations illuminate the words of Dr. King’s most famous speech.

Lucas, Eileen. Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc, 1997.
The nine teenagers who integrated Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957 are featured in this account.

Fireside, Harvey. Plessy v. Ferguson: Separate but Equal? New York: Enslow, 1997.
The Supreme Court decision that upheld segregation is examined in depth in this book.

Fremon, David K. The Jim Crow Laws and Racism in American History. New York: Enslow, 2000.
Fremon relates the history of American segregation and racism from Reconstruction through the twentieth century.

Haskins, Jim. Separate But Not Equal: The Dream and the Struggle. New York: Scholastic Press, 1998.
The African American struggle for opportunity and equality in education, from slavery through the twentieth century, is retold.

Herda, D. J. SThurgood Marshall: Civil Rights Champion. Springfield, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, Inc. 1995.
This biography of Thurgood Marshall tells the story of the NAACP advocate who went on to become the nation’s first black Supreme Court justice.

Morrison, Toni. Remember: A Journey to School Integration. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
The prize-winning novelist turns to the history of school segregation and integration, told through archival photographs.

Tackach, James. Brown v. Board of Education. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1998.
This look at the legal history of school desegregation includes biographical profiles of pivotal figures, case-study information, and expanded explanations of key places and events.