A Ride to Remember (Hardcover)
A Civil Rights Story
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419736858, 40pp.
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (1/21/2020)
A Ride to Remember tells how a community came together—both black and white—to make a change. When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were not allowed entry. This book reveals how in the summer of 1963, due to demonstrations and public protests, the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time. Co-author Sharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride the carousel. This was on the same day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Langley’s ride to remember demonstrated the possibilities of King’s dream. This book includes photos of Sharon on the carousel, authors’ notes, a timeline, and a bibliography.
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Praise For A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story…
"Delivers a beautiful and tender message about equality from the very first page."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Cooper’s richly textured illustrations evoke sepia photographs’ dreamlike combination of distance and immediacy, complementing the aura of reminiscence that permeates Langley and Nathan’s narrative."
— Publishers Weekly