Academic journal article Language Arts

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama

Academic journal article Language Arts

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama

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Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama Written by Hester Bass Illustrated by E. B. Lewis Candlewick, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-763-66919-5

In 1962, while the aerospace industry thrives in northern Alabama, segregation continues to dominate everyday life. However, "change is in the air" and it is "[t]ime to sow the seeds of freedom." These seeds are small at first-a lunch counter sit-in, small demonstrations. Nothing changes until Huntsville's African American citizens decide they need publicity to enact change. Bass outlines a series of peaceful protests, culminating in the desegregation of Huntsville's stores and businesses within six months. It takes another year to desegregate the schools on September 9, 1963. Lewis's trademark watercolors provide vibrant portraits of people and symbolic objects involved in the nonviolent protests; violence in other parts of the South is depicted in muted dark colors and impressionist representations. …

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