The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns & the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement

Kanefield, Teri.  The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns & the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014. In 1951 Barbara Johns organized her high school classmates to peacefully but forcefully demand that their Virginia school district provide them with a replacement for the tar paper covered, leaking, tiny segregated school they attended. Their long struggle became part of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954 which outlawed racial segregation. This well documented book, filled with photographs, movingly tells the story of a quiet, well behaved teenager who felt compelled to take a stand, convince her family and her peers and her community to take a stand - and contributed to our history.  Winner Book Award for Older Readers, 2015.  


No Comments