Amy Nathan is an award-winning author of several books for young people including The Young Musician's Survival Guide, Count on Us: American Women in the Military, Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II, Meet the Musicians, and Surviving Homework.
Round and Round Together: Taking a Merry-Go-Round Ride into the Civil Rights Movementby Amy Nathan
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On August 28, 1963--the day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech--segregation ended at Gwynn Oak amusement park in Maryland when eleven-month old Sharon Langley, her dad beside her, became the first black child to ride the park's famous merry-go-round. As Amy Nathan tells the story of how individuals in Baltimore integrated one amusement park in their town, she also gives an overview of the history of segregation and the civil rights movement. Round and Round Together creates a new civil rights symbol--the Gwynn Oak carousel is now the Smithsonian Carousel which thousands of kids enjoy each year.
Round and Round Together is illustrated with archival photos from newspapers and other sources, as well as personal photos from family albums of individuals interviewed for the book and a timeline of major civil rights events.
"A snapshot of the civil-rights movement in one city provides insight into the important role of individual communities as change moved through the country. . . . a case study of how citizens of one city both precipitated and responded to the whirlwind of social change around them." Kirkus
"A profoundly moving tribute to the intrepid unsung heroes who risked their lives to help bring an end to Baltimore's Jim Crow Era. "
--Kam Williams, syndicated columnist
"A snapshot of the civil-rights movement in one city provides insight into the important role of individual communities as change moved through the country...a case study of how citizens of one city both precipitated and responded to the whirlwind of social change around them."--Kirkus
"With clarity and passion, Amy Nathan portrays the struggle of everyday citizens to end racial segregation in Baltimore. This compelling history, for and about young people, is simple but profound like freedom itself."--Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the trilogy America in the King Years
"Amy Nathan's book deftly describes the courageous struggle by blacks and whites to end discrimination in the park, the city, and the nation. Readers will walk away with a clearer understanding of segregation and the valiant Americans who fought against this injustice."--Debra Newman Ham, Professor of History, Morgan State University
"Round and Round Together tells the inspiring story of how a generation of college and high school students provided the energy and enthusiasm that ended racial segregation in Baltimore's Gwynn Oak Amusement Park and changed the direction of Maryland's history."--James Henretta, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland
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