"Leon's Story is a powerful, wonderful thing!" Nikki Giovanni
I remember that as a young boy I used to look in the mirror and I would curse my color, my blackness. But in those days they didn't call you "black." They didnt say "minority." They called us "colored" or "nigger."
Leon Tillage grew up the son of a sharecropper in a small town in North Carolina. Told in vignettes, this is his story about walking four miles to the school for black children, and watching a school bus full of white children go past. It's about his being forced to sit in the balcony at the movie theater, hiding all night when the Klansmen came riding, and worse. Much worse.
But it is also the story of a strong family and the love that bound them together. And, finally, it's about working to change an oppressive existence by joining the civil rights movement. Edited from recorded interviews conducted by Susan L. Roth, Leon's story will stay with readers long after they have finished his powerful account.
Leon's Story is the winner of the 1998 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction.
About the Author
Leon Walter Tillage lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has worked for thirty years as a custodian at The Park School.
Susan L. Roth's many picture books include Ishi's Tale of Lizard, which was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. She lives in Great Neck, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
its was a good story and took place in 1940 in North carolinia i recomend this book to people that like african american history .
Leon¿s story: by Leon Walter Tillage Main character-The main character of this story is Leon Walter Tillage was born on Jan. 19 1936. He had a mom and a dad he lived in his dad¿s friends barn. Plot-This book is about the life of Leon. Leon¿s life was special, he grew up in a time when the general population was segregated based on race, for example, Leon had to walk to school and others who were white would ride the bus because of his color. Leon was an African American growing up in a time when African American people were not given the same courtesies and freedoms others had. Sometimes white kids passed by, they would throw rocks at Leon. Many times Leon would have to run and hide. To get money the kids would work for him and he would give the kids 75 cents. And they would spend it on food and clothes. Going to the movies was very popular those days. But he only went once, and that was with his dad. He saw gone with the wind, and the white kids got to sit on the bottom in nice chairs. And the black people had to sit up on the top on coca cola carts. Setting-There is no particular setting. Theme-The story about Leon¿s life Did you like this story? Yes I liked it, at first I didn¿t really get it, but then I started realizing things. The book was very good. Self connection? It was more of a world connection, cause it was about someone¿s life, and it doesn¿t connect to mine.