When I read books, there is always a battle between what childhood me appreciates and the new adult me. It could be read as a conversation of sorts:
Teen me: LOVES the easy-to-read format, the graphics that pop out between the pages, and overall style of the book.
Adult me: Cheers at a new book to recommend to my teen readers who are usually hesitant in reading nonfiction mostly because they feel intimidated by the size of some books.
Teen me: Appreciates the simple narrative of a young activist.
Adult me: Screams, "I NEED MORE!" There's a richness to this story that has not been explained for the sake of brevity.
Ultimately, Lynda Blackmon Lowery's story was the bomb.com. I would love listening to her on an audiobook talking about it. Favorite parts of the book:
1. The kids were organized.
When they missed school to protest or were in jail, they had a system. A brainy child would stay behind and do the homework or take tests for the rest of the children. I just loved how they had it all figured out. Can you imagine the kids getting together and delegating tasks: "Girl, you're too smart to march---you're gunna have to stay behind and do the homework for us all. " I just sat there picturing a girl in a classroom moving from desk to desk filling out tests with her teacher just smiling away.
2. The psychological impacts of Bloody Sunday.
Mental health and wellness is a recurring discussion theme for School Library Journal's Teen Toolbox 2016. Lynda Blackmon Lowery delves into the trauma when she was beaten on orders of governor George Wallace and how that impacted her in future civil protests. I loved the vivid word imagery of her screaming and screaming when she saw that National Guard. The fact that the National Guard did not understand why she was freaking out and the women who were not about to do anything until she calmed down. That moment when they started the march late to make sure a young girl was okay broke my heart. I wanted to fight the people she mentioned that was upset the march was late! I was like did ya'll forget in the Bible when Jesus said let the children come...
With black lives matter, with the racial injustices, mental health and wellness is dear to my heart. It has affected me within my own family circle. Mental health is something that still has high stigma in minority communities. I appreciate Lowery's inspiring touch on how she was had to face her deepest and darkest fears and was able to overcome them.