|Child of the dream : a memoir of 1963|
Author: Robinson, Sharon
In January of 1963, Sharon Robinson turned thirteen the night before George Wallace declared on national television 'segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever' in his inauguration for governor of Alabama. That was the start of a year that would become one of the most pivotal years in the history of America. As the daughter of Jackie Robinson, Sharon had incredible access to some of the most important events of the era.
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Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/15/19)
School Library Journal (09/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 Gr 3–7—As the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the author lived in a wealthy Connecticut neighborhood, attended an all-white school (with only two exceptions), and even owned a horse. Her family consisted of her parents and two brothers, Jackie Jr., a troubled youth, and younger brother David. While blessed in some ways, Robinson still faced subtle ignorance about her race from her peers. However, a television program featuring black people protesting in Birmingham, AL, and the "Segregation now, Segregation forever" battle cry from George Wallace opened Robinson's eyes to life beyond her neighborhood. Readers are introduced to this time period and its implications for the segregated South. At times almost exhaustive, the detailed descriptions of segregation laws and events such as the Little Rock Nine, Brown v. Board of Education, and church bombings do, however, serve a purpose. The honest explanation of the civil rights movement mirrors the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers. Robinson shows the events that led up to the March on Washington; she recounts her advocacy in action through fundraising, creating awareness, and marching with those seeking to make a difference in the world, as well as meeting King. Her excitement is palpable; her experiences are unforgettable. Sixteen pages of family photos enhance the memoir. VERDICT A depiction of the civil rights movement that exudes honesty and composure from a remarkable voice who tells her story with grace and pride. Readers will be moved and inspired.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.