Angie Maxson-DeFeyter and Samantha Jones
Books for Parents/Older Children:
The Wall Between by Anne Braden One of only a few first-person accounts from civil rights movement activists—even rarer for its author being white. Offering an insider’s view of movement history, it is as readable for its drama as for its sociological importance. It contains no heroes or villains, according to Braden—only people urged on by forces of history that they often did not understand. -Goodreads
Why Eleanor Roosevelt’s Civics Book for Kids is Making a Comeback by Victoria Pasquantonio PBS An interview with Eleanor Roosevelt’s granddaughter
Books for Children in a Range of Ages:
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a white teenager in the South during Segregation who put herself on the front lines of the Civil Rights struggle.
A Case for Loving by Selina Alko The Fight for Interracial Marriage
She Would Not Be Moved by Herbert R. Kohl, Cynthia Stokes Brown, Marian Wright Edelman a timely and important exploration of how the story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott has been distorted when taught in schools. Hailed by the New York Times Book Review when it was first published as having “the transcendent power that allows us to see . . . alternate ways of viewing our history and understanding what is going on in our classrooms,” (Chicago Tribune).-Goodreads
The books on this list cover race, microaggressions, whiteness, activism, universal human rights, and understanding differences; mirrors and windows into life experiences.