Belle, The Last Mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story

Belle, The Last Mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story


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A true story inspires the moving tale of a mule that played a key role in the civil rights movement— and a young boy who sees history anew.

Sitting on a bench waiting for his mother, Alex spies a mule chomping on greens in someone’s garden, and he can’t help but ask about it.""Ol Belle?” says Miz Pettway next to him. “She can have all the collards she wants. She’s earned it.” And so begins the tale of a simple mule in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, who played a singular part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. When African-Americans in a poor community— inspired by a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.— defied local authorities who were trying to stop them from registering to vote, many got around a long detour on mule-drawn wagons. Later, after Dr. King’s assassination, two mules from Gee’s Bend pulled the farm wagon bearing his casket through the streets of Atlanta. As Alex looks into the eyes of gentle Belle, he begins to understand a powerful time in history in a very personal way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763687694
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Sales rank: 341,242
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Calvin Alexander Ramsey is a playwright, photographer, and painter. He adapted one of his plays for print as RUTH AND THE GREEN BOOK, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Calvin Alexander Ramsey lives in Atlanta.

John Holyfield has illustrated several books for children, including THE HALLELUJAH FLIGHT by Phil Bildner. John Holyfield lives in Virginia.

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nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This inspiring and informative story based on fact combines animals and lovely illustrations to introduce children to some important history. Alex is a young boy in Gee¿s Bend, Alabama. He sees a mule eating greens out of Miz Pettway¿s garden and asks why she lets him. Miz Pettway explains that the mule, Belle, is very special and can have all she wants! Belle arrived in Gee¿s Bend in 1965 at the same time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to urge them all to vote over in the town of Camden. The whites shut the ferry down so they couldn¿t get there, so they went in mule-drawn carts. After Dr. King was shot, Belle and another mule named Ada were taken to Atlanta to pull his casket.