Learning From The Past




As we look back 50 years to 1965, the Civil Rights Movement was in full swing. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. inspired lots of people to take a stand, and eventually the Civil Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In honor of these historic moments and many others, there are several books for young readers written to share the important events of the Civil Rights Movement.


Some widely known books about this time period are:  The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, and Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood.  However, my favorite book on the Civil Rights Movement is A Tugging String by David Greenberg. His book is about his father, Jack Greenberg, who was the attorney for Martin Luther King Jr.

Mr. Greenburg said, “I wanted to give my dad a little bit of the name that I think he deserves.”  His father fought for Dr. King’s right to lead 3,200 people to march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama on March 21st, 1965. Over the course of the march, the numbers grew to nearly 25,000 people. This was two weeks after the first attempt which came to be known as “Bloody Sunday”.  On this day, Alabama State Troopers attacked the peaceful marchers who were protesting unfair voting registration practices.   The support that Jack Greenberg gave Dr. King was extremely important because if they had not won, they would not have been able to march.  The March on Montgomery was a key event leading to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

50 years later, it is easy to see how these marches, laws, and events have shaped the world as it is today. These actions have been recorded in books for everyone to read and learn from.  So we can, according to Mr. Greenberg,  “Do away with prejudice and segregation in the world.”