Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Right's Story


"You are somebody."  Those are the words Martin Luther King Jr. Said to the Benders, the "poor dirt farmers, desscendants of slaves, " who heard him speak at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church back in 1965 in the state of Alabama.  It was a night that chagned their lives.

Alex is listening to Miz Pettway tell him the story of the stormy night when the people of Gee's Bend decided to get on the local ferry, cross the river and for the first time in their lives, register to vote.

Alex was sitting on a bench on this hot day waiting for his mother to buy a quilt and watching an old mule across the way munching through someone's garden.  Turns out that old mule was a hero and holds a place in an important part of American history.

The old mule's name is Belle and she and Ada were sent to pull a wagon three and a half miles through "thousands of arms and hands reaching out them."  What was their precious cargo?  What brought these grieving people to Atlanta that day?

32 pages             978-07636 40583    Ages 6-9

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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