Nonfiction rhyming text depicts the way African Americans were treated before, then after, the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s. Full color illustrations show two labeled water fountains, a lunch counter only for white people, a library with two separate entrances and books, two segregated classrooms, students being guarded by the National Guard while walking into a white school, people refusing to ride the buses, black people sitting at the lunch counter getting condiments poured on their heads, Martin Luther King, Jr. and marchers, photos of Ella Baker, civil rights activist, Walter White, who helped to found the Atlanta branch of the NAACP, Thurgood Marshall, supreme court judge, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cause and Effect: Because of the civil rights activists, the effect was that laws were changed.
After these civil rights leaders’ illustrations, the book continues in rhyme showing the way things are now with equal rights. Students could compare and contrast the way things were before the civil rights movement with the way things were afterward.
The information about the leaders is not included in the text so this would be a great jumping off point for students to do a research project on who they are and what they contributed.
Graphic Organizers could be used to compare the before and after civil rights were put in place.