And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems

And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems

by Erica Martin
And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems

And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems

by Erica Martin

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Overview

A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores through the Civil Rights Movement in 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout.

In stunning verse and vivid use of white space, Erica Martin's debut poetry collection walks readers through the Civil Rights Movement—from the well-documented events that shaped the nation’s treatment of Black people, beginning with the "Separate but Equal" ruling—and introduces lesser-known figures and moments that were just as crucial to the Movement and our nation's centuries-long fight for justice and equality.

A poignant, powerful, all-too-timely collection that is both a vital history lesson and much-needed conversation starter in our modern world. Complete with historical photographs, author's note, chronology of events, research, and sources.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593352526
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 665,121
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.63(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Erica Martin (ericamartinthewriterdotcom.wordpress.com) is a freelance editor, specializing in copyediting and developmental editing, and a poet. She has always been fascinated by English, writing, and US History. And We Rise is her first book. She lives with her family in Tennessee. Follow Erica on Twitter @ericaeditor or on Instagram @erica.martin.writes.

Read an Excerpt

It’s 1877 when

Jim Crow laws say it’s

                        acceptable

                        legal

                        lawful

to segregate Blacks

&

                        whites

based on the color of

their skin.

In

                        schools

                        hospitals

                        churches

                        cemeteries

                        prisons

                        public transit

                        restaurants—-

if you were not

                        white

you were lesser

                        less than

human.

For years

&

years

&

years

&

years

 

nothing changed,

 

until 1954

when the Supreme Court reversed its decision

& ruled segregation unconstitutional.

 

Yet still,

nothing changed.

Because a ruling is only as effective

as its real—world execution.

 

 

 

the Supreme Court rules

 

in 1896

Blacks are

“Separate but Equal”

yet

outside

in the middle of July

in Birmingham, Alabama,

sweat drips

 

d

o

w

n

your forehead

your neck

your back

 

drenching

 

your shirt

your shorts

your socks

                                                                                                s e p a r a t e

                                                                                                but equal

 

you find a water fountain

your water fountain

and press the small rusty button

 

water arches

                                                up

                                                                        and out

waiting

                        for your

puck ered

                        lips

                                                                                                s e p a r a t e

                                                                                                but equal

 

only

it’s hot

brown

tastes like dirt

 

you glance around

checking for them

then

 

sneak a sip

from their fountain

 

                                                                                                                        s e p a r a t e

                                                                                                                        but equal

it’s cold

ice—cold

and refreshing

you sigh

s e p a r a t e

but equal

you are

not.

 

 

 

 

the Civil Rights Movement

 

was more than just

Dr. King

                        marching,

Rosa Parks

                        sitting,

Malcolm X

                        fighting.

 

it was

 

your mom

your grandma

your best friend’s great—aunt.

 

it was

everyday people

like you                              and me.

 

 

 

 

1954

May 17

Brown v. Board of Education

+

inherently unequal, an unconstitutional violation of the fourteenth amendment

=

white schools 

+

Black  schools

=

a great day for America and its court.

= segregation in public schools                          now illegal

 

in theory.

 

 

 

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for colored

                        their (other) signs read

 

 

funny thing is

 

white is still a color

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