Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
By: Carole Boston Weatherford
Paintings by: Jerome Lagarrigue
Dedicated to “the courageous students who stood up by sitting down, so we could all have a place at the table” (Carole Boston Weatherford), Carole Boston Weatherford tells an accurate and captivating story of the Greensboro Sit-Ins and the fight for equal rights during the 1960’s. Weatherford’s historical fiction account of this event is simple for young readers to understand because it is written from the point of view of Connie, a young black girl. Insightful and honest, this is a story of an ordinary family becoming involved in the personal fight for their civil rights.
There are many ways to teach children about Civil Rights, and this book is a resource that really should be utilized at home and in the classroom. With many sources of dialogue and a strong narrative voice, The Greensboro Sit-Ins is fantastic for a whole-class reader’s theater activity. Highlighting the heroes of the Civil Rights Era, young and old, is important to the education of today’s children.
– Mary Frances