Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12, free with museum admission
In honor of African American History Month, we will meet to discuss how Civil Rights Movement struggles played out in the West and the South in the 1960s. Rita Williams Garcia will be here to answer questions about multi-award winning book, and we’ll all make a visit to the exhibition Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein.
About One Crazy Summer
This 2011 book, winner of the Corretta Scott King Honor Award, Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction, Newbery Honor, and a National Book Award Finalist, follows 11-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern on a transformational journey from Brooklyn to Oakland in summer, 1968. The girls make this trip to reconnect with their mother, Cecile, who abandoned them seven years earlier. In addition to learning about their mother’s history, they become witnesses and participants in the Civil Rights struggle happening at the time, including the rise of the Black Panther Party. Each girl’s voice is distinct and powerful, as is this story of a family reconnecting during an important and turbulent time in American history.
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home, then attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, and Donna Jo Napoli, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.
This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.