Mrs. Nelson's Class

Mrs. Nelson's Class

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Overview

Mrs. Nelson's Class by Marilyn Nelson

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown v. Board

of Education of Topeka, Kansas that state-sanctioned segregation of public

schools is unconstitutional.

In September 1954, in an Air Force base school near Salina, Kansas, young

African American teacher Mrs. Johnnie Mitchell Nelson became the teacher of

a second grade class of twenty white children. Mrs. Nelson knew, but did her

pupils understand they were making history together?

Through a class roster of persona poems by poets Doug Anderson, Martha

Collins, Alfred Corn, Annie Finch, Helen Frost, Margaret Gibson, Jeanine

Hathaway, Andrew Hudgins, Mark Jarman, Peter Johnson, Meg Kearney,

Ron Koertge, David Mason, Leslie Monsour, Dinty W. Moore, Marilyn Nelson,

Lesléa Newman, Michael Palma, Michael Waters, and Katherine Williams, this

anthology presents Mrs. Nelson and her class, imagining how she and her

students may have experienced their unique situation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937797034
Publisher: MoonPath Press
Publication date: 12/07/2016
Pages: 76
Sales rank: 107,320
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of over 25 books of poems for adults, young adults, and children, among them Carver:
A Life in Poems and A Wreath for Emmett Till. In 2012 she was awarded the Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry. She is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and Poet-in-Residence of the Poets Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. "For years, every time I looked at the photograph of my mother with her 1954-55 class, I wondered what those children experienced. I'm so glad my friends agreed to explore that question. I loved trying to catch Mama's voice in the poems I wrote for this collection."

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