The Girl From the Tar Paper School

The Girl From the Tar Paper School

Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement

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"Before the Little Rock Nine, before Rosa Parks, before Martin Luther King Jr. and his March on Washington, there was Barbara Rose Johns, a teenager who used nonviolent civil disobedience to draw attention to her cause. In 1951, witnessing the unfair conditions in her racially segregated high school, Barbara Johns led a walkout--the first public protest of its kind demanding racial equality in the U.S.--jumpstarting the American civil rights movement. Ridiculed by the white superintendent and school board, local newspapers, and others, and even after a cross was burned on the school grounds, Barbara and her classmates held firm and did not give up. Her school's case went all the way to the Supreme Court and helped end segregation as part of Brown v. Board of Education. Barbara Johns grew up to become a librarian in the Philadelphia school system. The Girl from the Tar Paper School mixes biography with social history and is illustrated with family photos, images of the school and town, and archival documents from classmates and local and national news media. The book includes a civil rights timeline, bibliography, and index."--Publisher's description.
Describes the peaceful protest organized by teenager Barbara Rose Johns in order to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and explains how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014
ISBN: 9781419707964
1419707965
Branch Call Number: 323.092 KANEFIEL
Characteristics: 56 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 27 cm

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Before Martin Luther King, before Rosa Parks, there was Barbara Rose Johns, who, in 1950, as a high school junior led to a peaceful protest to replace the tar paper buildings at her school with something better. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court and helped outlaw segregation. Illus. with photos.

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