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My Selma : true stories of a Southern childhood at the height of the civil rights movement

Brown, Willie Mae, (author.).


"As the civil rights movement and the fight for voter rights unfold in Selma, Alabama, many things happen inside and outside the Brown family's home that do not have anything to do with the landmark 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Yet the famous outrages which unfold on that span form an inescapable backdrop in this collection of stories. In one, Willie Mae takes it upon herself to offer summer babysitting services to a glamorous single white mother--a secret she keeps from her parents that unravels with shocking results. In another, Willie Mae reluctantly joins her mother at a church rally, and is forever changed after hearing Martin Luther King Jr. deliver a defiant speech in spite of a court injunction. Infused with the vernacular of her Southern upbringing, My Selma captures the voice and vision of a fascinating young person--perspicacious, impetuous, resourceful, and even mystical in her ways of seeing the world around her--who gifts us with a loving portrayal of her hometown while also delivering a no-holds-barred indictment of the time and place." --
"A stirring memoir of growing up Black in a town at the epicenter of the fight for freedom, equality, and human rights"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780374390235
  • ISBN: 0374390231
  • Physical Description: 229 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2023.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Preface -- My Selma -- A new neighborhood -- First week of summer -- Growing up in Selma -- Dah finds out -- Puppy -- An unfriendly visitor -- A defiant King -- A baptism -- One Christmas -- Camden -- Frankie -- Afterword.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10-14 Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers.
Grades 7-9 Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers.
Subject: Brown, Willie Mae > Childhood and youth > Juvenile literature.
African American children > Alabama > Selma > Juvenile literature.
African Americans > Alabama > Selma > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Civil rights movements > Alabama > Selma > Juvenile literature.
Selma (Ala.) > Juvenile literature.
Selma (Ala.) > Biography.
Brown, Willie Mae.
African American children > Alabama > Selma > Biography.
Civil rights movements > Alabama > Selma.
Selma (Ala.) > Biography.
African American children.
Civil rights movements.
Alabama > Selma.
Genre: Autobiographies.
Juvenile works.

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