The true story of how a ride on a carousel made a powerful Civil Rights statement
A Ride to Remember tells how a community came together—both black and white—to make a change. When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were not allowed entry.
This book reveals how in the summer of 1963, due to demonstrations and public protests, the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time.
Co-author Sharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride the carousel. This was on the same day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Langley’s ride to remember demonstrated the possibilities of King’s dream. This book includes photos of Sharon on the carousel, authors’ notes, a timeline, and a bibliography.---from the publisher
40 pages 978-1419736858 Ages 6-9
Keywords: American history, African American, African American author, biography, prejudice, racism, discrimination, civil rights, segregation, 20th century, multicultural, diverse books, diversity, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old 9 year old, community, social activists, standing up for yourself, social issues, social conditions, Social Studies Curriculum