The School is Not White! Doreen Rappaport Curtis James The School is Not White All they wanted was to learn In Drew Mississippi in the schools were still segregated The all black schools were separate and unequal to white schools lacking resources and support from the g
  • Title: The School is Not White!
  • Author: Doreen Rappaport Curtis James
  • ISBN: 9780786818389
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
The School is Not White! Doreen Rappaport Curtis JamesAll they wanted was to learn In Drew, Mississippi, in 1965, the schools were still segregated The all black schools were separate and unequal to white schools, lacking resources and support from the government The Carters, a family of sharecroppers, had had enough Mae Bertha and Matthew wanted their children to have an equal opportunity for a good education So theAll they wanted was to learn In Drew, Mississippi, in 1965, the schools were still segregated The all black schools were separate and unequal to white schools, lacking resources and support from the government The Carters, a family of sharecroppers, had had enough Mae Bertha and Matthew wanted their children to have an equal opportunity for a good education So they sent their kids to the all white schools.Teasing, death threats, and rebuking followed from the white children and the white adults and teachers It was not easy to be black and wage a fight for equality, but that s just what the Carters did Their faith in a higher power and in the goodness of people helped them battle through ignorance and prejudice As President John F Kennedy said, When Americans are sent to war, we do not ask for whites only American students of any color should be able to attend any school For the Carters, it would be the fight of their lives.This is a true story of faith, courage, and honor qualities Americans of any color can learn from the Carters.
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  1. In the author s note at the end of this book, Rappaport says that, after reading a book called Silver Rights by Constance Curry, she felt compelled to write about the Carter family, people she called not yet celebrated Americans This black family, living in 1960s Mississippi, faced harassment, prejudice, job loss, and loss of home, all in order to send their children to a white school so that they could get a better education Fortunately for these courageous people, there were Quakers and others [...]

  2. Before reading this aloud to 4th and 5th graders I ask them to list Civil Rights heroes After reciting the big ones MLK, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, etc I talk to them about the boys and girls their ages who had to go to school every day with people who spit on them, called them names, and treated them like poison.The Carter children were some of the first black children to attend a white school Although, Mama said, The school is NOT white It s brown brick The kids respond well to this story imagi [...]

  3. It is 1965 and a courageous family is taking a stand in the story The School Is Not White It is a true story of the civil rights movement, discussing the struggle a family endures when the parents decide to take a stand and enroll their 8 children into all white schools after JFK makes it possible to do so Although they knew what the expect and were aware of all the backlash they were going to endure as a family, they stood their ground and were not going to give up until the parents had given t [...]

  4. A must read true story of one African American family from Mississippi who exercised their new right to attend any school they chose The Carter s where the first black family to attend a local school that had been all white until recent laws had changed under Lyndon B Johnson After reading this my daughter and I were discussing the book and the bravery it took this family to be the first and encourage other black families to attend any school hopefully while tearing down the walls of segregation [...]

  5. Main Characters Carter familySetting This story takes place in Mississippi in 1965.Grade interest Level Primary Reading Level AD850LGenre Biography, Picture BookSummary The School is not White, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Curtis James, is a true story about the struggles of an African American family trying to provide their children with a better education at an all white school In 1965, a federal law was passed in Mississippi that gave black children the freedom of choice to [...]

  6. Plot summary and personal response This story is about a black family s struggles as they are the first black students to attend a white school in Drew, Mississippi once black are finally given a chance to choose the school they wish to attend, 11 years after Brown vs Board of education.This story is heart breaking and bittersweet The pain these children go through is horrible, but their courage gave others courage to join them in changing education.Literary Merit Discuss 1 2 literary elements o [...]

  7. In 1965, eleven years after Brown v Board of Education, the town of Drew, Mississippi finally offered a freedom of choice plan for black children to attend any school they wanted Matthew and Mae Bertha Carter, sharecroppers, dreamed of a better life for their eight children The Darters knew that a good education would get their children out of the fields After enrolling seven of their eight children in Drew s all white school they were threatened with violence at their home and subsequently evic [...]

  8. This non fiction information book is about The Carter family in 1965 Mae Bertha and Matthew Carter worked on a plantation where they picked cotton for money They did not want their kids to have to grow up and do this so they sent them to a white school, which was unheard of during this time in the town of Drew The kids were spit on, called names, and hated this school But they continued to go so that they could show other black families that it could be done Once one of the children graduated, o [...]

  9. A quite magical and heart warming book The simple fact that this is a true story of he civil rights movement naturally draws the reader in The Carter s were determined parents who wanted a better life for their children, and eventually accomplished their goal after long, gruesome days at school for their seven black children An historical turning point set to words and illustrations for children s understanding The clever remark that The School is Not White plays a significant role in this book [...]

  10. This is the inspiring story of the Carters, seven black children who chose to attend all white schools when a law was passed in 1965 saying that black children could attend any school they wanted As the only black children at the schools, they faced insults and jeers for years Their father lost his job, and the family had to move But the children, with the support of their parents, stayed at the schools despite the hatred that was directed at them and eventually all graduated from high school.Th [...]

  11. A picture book that can be used at many different ages It tells the story of a black family that integrated a white school The racism and challenges of black children integrating white schools is meaningful in this book than just reading pure information Additionally, this format allows teachers to teach about racism and equality at an earlier age than if one could only use an information book.

  12. Published 2005Genre Multi cultural non fiction Theme School Segregation, CourageSummary A story of the Carter families plight with the injustic of segregation and their courage to overcome feelings of inequality and loneliness to make a better life for themselves and for all African Americans.

  13. I really liked this simply told tale about the integration of white schools in the south It doesn t offer too much detail, just enough to give a sense of the problem It also has information about the people the story was based off of in the back, talking about the influence their father had on them.

  14. I don t like that the book purports to quote JFK, but then the author s note indicates that it isn t an actual quote I don t find that sort of inaccuracy to be an appropriate way of making history understandable for children.

  15. Great book about 7 children who go to an all white school This is a true story A great read aloud that leads to many discussions.

  16. An inspiring story about desegregation The history is much better than either the illustrations or the story, but still a good read for historical context.

  17. It was a great book I love to read about the brave people involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

  18. In the 1960 s in rural Mississippi a African American sharecropping family made the decision to have their seven children integrate an all white school.

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