Birmingham, 1963 (2020)

Birmingham A poetic tribute to the victims of the racially motivated church bombing that served as a seminal event in the struggle for civil rights In the eyes of the world were on Birmingham Alabama a f
  • Title: Birmingham, 1963
  • Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
  • ISBN: 9781590784402
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A poetic tribute to the victims of the racially motivated church bombing that served as a seminal event in the struggle for civil rights In 1963, the eyes of the world were on Birmingham, Alabama, a flashpoint for the civil rights movement Birmingham was one of the most segregated cities in the United States Civil rights demonstrators were met with police dogs and waterA poetic tribute to the victims of the racially motivated church bombing that served as a seminal event in the struggle for civil rights In 1963, the eyes of the world were on Birmingham, Alabama, a flashpoint for the civil rights movement Birmingham was one of the most segregated cities in the United States Civil rights demonstrators were met with police dogs and water cannons On Sunday, September 15, 1963, members of the Ku Klux Klan planted sticks of dynamite at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, which served as a meeting place for civil rights organizers The explosion killed four little girls Their murders shocked the nation and turned the tide in the struggle for equality A Jane Addams Children s Honor Book, here is a book that captures the heartbreak of that day, as seen through the eyes of a fictional witness Archival photographs with poignant text written in free verse offer a powerful tribute to the young victims.
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    1. Published in 2007 by Wordsong.Interest Level 6th 10th GradeThis is a book of poetry is from the perspective of young girl in Birmingham who eventually faces a gruesome death due to her race This book chronicles part of the Civil Rights Movement through poetry and vivid pictures that portray various aspects of the struggle for equal rights The young girl s voice is heard throughout the photographs as narrations of each event Eventually, the girl faces her death and her name is revealed to be a co [...]

    2. Very powerful book written in a contemporary poetry style The poem tells the true story of four African American girls who were killed when the Ku Klux Klan placed sticks of dynamite in their church Told from a fictional narrator, this book offers insight into the innocence of these young girls and the implications this tragedy had on other African American girls at the time.Gripping black and white photos highlighted with red captivate the reader s attention The image of a stained glass window [...]

    3. Told in poetry format this was a story that told about a true bombing which took place in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 which killed young girls There was a very informative back section that explained some about the civil rights movement and how children were used in the fight against racism when adults didn t want to lose their jobs The poem itself, the book explained, was not entirely true, but the historical events in it were I felt real emotion when I read this book and found myself with tear [...]

    4. Carole Boston Weatherford s Birmingham, 1963 tells the story of the darkest day in Birmingham s history the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Because the church was centrally located and had a large basement perfect for meetings, it became a rallying place for the movement and many protests were staged there This act of terror would become known as the blast heard around the world, and was one of several bombings that earned Birmingham the nickname Bombingham Birmingham, 1963 is tol [...]

    5. Birmingham, 1963 is a narrative poem that takes places during the Civil Rights movement that fought for justice and integration of African Americans throughout the United States, especially in the south This book displays the tragic event that happened in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15th, 1963 through the use of its writing and real photographs that were taken during this time in history On September 15th, 1963 The Klu Klux Klan planted dynamite on the outside steps of the Sixteenth Street [...]

    6. Birmingham, 1963 shares a fictional account of an eye witness, in the year I turned ten, to the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a meeting place for civil rights organizers In this tragic event, the Ku Klux Klan planted nineteen sticks of dynamite under the steps of the church, and in the aftermath, four young girls were killed Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Denise McNair, and Carole Robertson Weatherford s free verse poetry is written in such a way that it softens the horrend [...]

    7. Because of the narration and free verse form of this book, the Civil Rights experience comes alive on the page for all who read this book The compelling photographs portray a people who fought against inequality The text hightlights the role of the church and non violent protest provided a way to push for equal rights for African Americans The text describing how local law authorities used dogs and high powered fire hoses to stop protesters, along with the arrest of 900 children further indicate [...]

    8. The day I turned tenOur church was quiet No meetings, no marches.Mama left me in Sunday schoolWith a soft kiss and coins for the offering plate.With a seemingly simple free verse poem, Carole Boston Weatherford has brought us compelling account of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four young girls Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement and of the aftermath of the bombing illustrate the pages.This is an incredibly moving book Even though I read it in five minutes, I [...]

    9. Genre PoetryAwards 2008 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, 2008 Jefferson Cup Award, Jane Addams Children s Book Award, Books for Older Readers Honor Book, Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry Honor Book, Best Children s Books of 2008 Christian Science MonitorGrade Level 5 6Even though it is a short book, I found it very moving The free verse mixed with the actual photographs was something that really hits the heart I would include this for older students since it ta [...]

    10. I chose to rate this book 5 stars and add it to my favorites because it does a really good job of giving students and understanding and realistic glimpse into a very painful part of american history I think this short story really helps bring history to life, especially from a childs perspective This book would be a really great addition to a classroom read aloud for grades 3 5, or as a resource to understand american history and the civil rights movement for grades 4 8 Though the narrator is fi [...]

    11. I m a big fan of the civil rights era This a great book to start off a group of young students It really does justice for those who lost their lives in the church bombing It also gives a non biased introduction to the people who were involved in the bombing, meaning the reader knows they were guilty and there was no need to vilify them The pictures and illustrations are great and this is the major elemental portion that does this book enough good to keep it from a three star rating Its not a 5 b [...]

    12. I thought this book was very much in tune with the Civil Rights Movement and the racism that was so prevalent in Birmingham and many other southern cities and states during 1963 and years earlier as well as years later This is a book in which your emotions will either allow you to be angry or sad or both This book is a recommendation by me because this a must read for parents to their 5th grade and older children who are or will be intrigued by the artwork and the emotional context being read to [...]

    13. This a picture book that works on a young adult level as well Archival photos paired with spare poetic verses work extremely well together, resulting in a brief but strong message I was especially interested in the photo of the one stained glass window that survived the bombing, a window of Jesus although the window was not shattered, Jesus face was blown out I never knew that, and found it quite symbolic.I never figured out what the red shapes were supposed to represent besides blood, of course [...]

    14. The poems told the story of the children marching, the lunch counter protests, and the church bombing What makes the poetry even powerful is the use of historical photographs that bring the poems to life There are also other illustrations like jacks and bobby socks that reinforce the idea that children were involved in this fight They marched for their rights, but they also faced the violence that resulted It s a powerful combination.The book would certainly work in middle school and up, but wo [...]

    15. Birmingham, 1963 won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award by meeting the following criteria 1 Imaginative2 Deals with emotion and has significance beyond act of creation.3 Figurative language and has beauty and truth.4 Accessible to children.This book would be a fantastic book for Black History month It relates to segregation and falls into place around the time MLK gave his freedom speech Great introduction for older children Preferably grades 4 5 They should be old enough to understand the iss [...]

    16. Part historical picture book, part poetry, this book tells the story of the 1963 bombing of Birmingham s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church from the point of view of a 10 year old African American girl in Sunday School during the bombing It includes stark photographs and touching poems in memory of the four young girls killed in the bombing and an afterword provides information about the aftermath of the racially motivated attack This book is appropriate for children of all ages and would make an [...]

    17. This is a rare gem A picture book about a serious, serious subject from our history that brings an understanding of the events from a child s point of view The text does not talk down to the child reader or reduce the horror of the subject The combination of the text and the illustrations instead reveals the event to all through the Biblical eyes of a child This is the first book in my experience that creates a hush in any crowd of listeners and brings me chills each time I read it.

    18. This is a palatable text than Birmingham Sunday This is written as a poem but includes photographs from this historical moment church bombing I wanted to include this along with Birmingham Sunday because I would want students to experience the very different ways in which these authors write about the event Whereas the other of Birmingham Sunday focuses on covering the facts of the even, Weatherford focuses on capturing the mood of the event.

    19. The entire book explains a cultural issue, how innocent people were killed to make a statement It describes the discrimination and a side that is not necessarily taught in classrooms, but neglected when it comes to this part of history.It is a wonderful look at how things looked during an era of racism and segregation from a child s point of view and how close to death she could have been This book is a wonderful asset to a movement of equality text set.

    20. Weatherford s choice of words and pictures makes for a moving tribute to all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle for Civil Rights Told from the perspective of a 10 year old African American girl, the free verse prose tells the poignant story of lives and a nation were changed by a horrific act of violence on September 15, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama The author includes notes for all the real life photographs and the history behind the book.

    21. A good book to use with Spike Lee s Four Little Girls and The Watsons Go to Birmingham Poetic style, fictional narrator, juxtaposes short reflections with photographs of the bombings and Civil Rights issues of the time as well as some items from the girls and what girls may have worn or liked ends with a poem dedicated to each of the four girls It s a picture book, a kind of quick introduction to the events.

    22. This was an interesting point of view to tell this particular story from a young girl s tenth birthday and the stuggles that were endured during the course of that year The pictures were clear and captured the feelings of the people in the photographs perfectly The poetry verses were a nice tough to tell a story in a different way.

    23. When I was reading this biography, I was feeling sad and somewhat happy Sad for those people who died for raising their voice Happy for those who did not give up for their rights, such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr and his brother.I wish everyone would have the same right as white just like in this present day That way everyone would be living happily.

    24. This moving book describes, in ever increasing intensity, the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Alabama in September 1963, that resulted in the deaths of 4 innocent young girls Told from the point of view of a young girl attending church at the time, its spare, poetic text underlines the horror of the event Outstanding and highly recommended

    25. A short, easy read This book was a nice piece of informational poetry that gave good, well proven facts on the Birmingham Bombing in 1963 It gave tribute to those that protested for freedom, as well as the four girls who died in the Birmingham church on September 15, 1963.

    26. A fictional narrator recounts the very real church bombing in Birmingham where 4 girls died Simple free verse poetry is powerfully combined with actual photographs from the sad event Use this with The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 or a unit on the Civil Rights era.

    27. A sad reality in our history Tells of segregation and hate crimes Its sad to hear the narration of a child growing up in a world like this and seeing death Good perspective to see through a child s eyes.

    28. This is a fictional yet effective account of the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, in 1963 Accompanied by photographs, background info, and resources for information, it is a heart felt look at the event from the point of view of a child who was there.

    29. a book long poem depicting the African American struggle for Civil Rights is set against the backdrop of the 1963 church bombing that killed 4 teenage girls is interspersed with photographs from the turmoil of Birmingham in 1963

    30. Powerful book to share as a quick read aloud about America in the 60 s and the hate and violence associated with racial prejudice Includes bios on the four girls that lost their lives in the church bombing.

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