This Promise of Change

This Promise of Change

One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality

Book - 2019
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"In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school. Jo Ann--clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students--found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen? This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co-writing process"--
Published: New York, NY :, Bloomsbury Children's Books,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781681198521
1681198525
Branch Call Number: JB BOY
Characteristics: 310 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Levy, Debbie - Author

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brat97
Feb 01, 2021

Loved this book. The book is written in prose. Such few words, yet so powerful and insightful. The book is about courage and acceptance.

LPL_LindaC May 01, 2019

It's hard for young people today to imagine a school where not all children are welcome. But in 1955, that was the case in Clinton, Tennessee. "This Promise of Change" is an excellent account of the desegregation of Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee as told by one of the twelve African-American students who courageously stood up for freedom and equality. Known as the Clinton 12, these students braved unthinkable odds to lay a path for a better life not just for themselves but for all students. Written in prose, Jo Ann Allen Boyce shares her experience in this excellent memoir.

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vijruchika
Jul 05, 2020

Other: Warning: This helps you open your eyes to racism.

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