When The Schools Shut Down

ISBN-10: 0063011166
ISBN-13: 9780063011168
Author: Pizzoli, Tamara and Gladden, Yolanda
Illustrated by: Morris, Keisha
Interest Level: P-3
Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: January 2022

Copyright: 2022

Page Count: 40

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JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical

JUVENILE NONFICTION / School & Education

JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

Most people think that the Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954 meant that schools were integrated with deliberate speed. But the children of Prince Edward County located in Farmville, Virginia, who were prohibited from attending formal schools for five years, knew differently...Public schools were shut down in 1959 (the year a young Yolanda was ready to attend) in retaliation to the new law being passed. Some kids didn't go to school at all. Others walked miles to the next town. But there was a small number of Black people who created their own school systems at home and in church basements. As many community members continued to fight against white supremacy in the wake of a revolution, Yolanda..stood with her head high,..shoulders back,..spine straight.
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