This was a book written to share the reflections and experiences of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of the children growing up during that time period.
“Although beatings, arrests and death were an intrinsic part of the story of the movement, these are not tales of sadness and despair. To the contrary, the young people in these pages speak of a pride, a confidence, a joy at being part of something they knew was right.” -from the Introduction
While reading this book it challenged me to question whether I would be able to fully participate in the movement myself as a young person. Knowing myself as an adult I would say no. I am not one to engage in conflict even for a good cause. Upon further reflection I realized that these young people were raised by parents who were very active in fighting for people’s rights and at an early age were exposed to the leaders of that time period. Reading this book was hopeful and hope filled. It was a great testament to the human spirit and a reminder that there are always opportunities to engage in making the world a better place.