Freedom Summer: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer
by Maya Angelou, Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue
Publication Date: Jun 17, 2014
List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Friendship defies racism for two boys in this stirring story of the "Freedom Summer" that followed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now in a 50th Anniversary Edition with a refreshed cover and a new introduction. John Henry swims better than anyone I know.
He crawls like a catfish,
blows bubbles like a swamp monster,
but he doesn’t swim in the town pool with me.
He’s not allowed. Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they both love to swim. But there’s one important way they’re different: Joe is white and John Henry is black, and in the South in 1964, that means John Henry isn’t allowed to do everything his best friend is. Then a law is passed that forbids segregation and opens the town pool to everyone. Joe and John Henry are so excited they race each other there…only to discover that it takes more than a new law to change people’s hearts. This 50th Anniversary Edition of a cherished and touching story includes a new introduction and a refreshed cover.
- Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / 20Th Century
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism