Lessons on Brown v. Board of Education should not begin with the 1954 Supreme Court decision but, instead, with the decades of activism that led to the historic ruling. And there is no better way to hook students than with the school walkout led by 15-year-old Barbara Rose Johns in Prince Edward County, Virginia, in 1951.
Carefully planned with a sworn-to-secrecy group of fellow high school students, Johns arranged to have the principal called out of the building and then held a high school assembly to announce the walkout to demand a new school building.
The preparation and the years of struggle that ensued are told in this well-written and beautifully illustrated book for middle school. [Description by Rethinking Schools.]
ISBN: 9781419707964 | Abrams Books for Young Readers
Read more in the National Endowment for the Humanities article, “Massive Resistance in a Small Town” and at the SNCC Digital Gateway.