is the previously untold, true story of how racism
nearly destroyed a small Southern community.
Segregation - Integration
Based on actual events that happened between
1958 and 1960 in Front Royal, Virginia,
autobiographical, coming-of-age story follows
the lives of two teenage boys,
Davey MacLaren, who is white, and Jackie King,
who is black. The two are caught up in the
calamitous events when their small, Southern
community becomes the first place in the
nation where the public high school is closed
to avoid being integrated. Although their
experiences are very different, their dreams
and aspirations are similar. They confront
racial prejudice, fear, anger, and
uncertainty. It is a time of upheaval,
struggle, and confusion for the teenagers.
School Closing The school closing in 1958
is a critical event which splits the
community into two opposing camps – the
moderates who recognize that change is
inevitable and the hard-line, “old South”
segregationists who are determined at all
costs to maintain the status quo. This event
and the serious repercussions that follow, threaten to
derail permanently the young people’s
education and the direction of their lives.
Both Davey and Jackie find themselves on
perilous paths where they have little control
over what will happen to them.
The Human Side of Civil Rights HistoryThe book reveals the depth and complexities of the
human side of this civil rights story –
presenting a wide-angle montage of
the experiences of both white and black
families and gives clarity and dimension to
the historical events. The multiple plot
lines of this story combine memorable
characters, psychological tension, humor,
1950s nostalgia, and even a murder mystery.
The AuthorJames Bennett is an award-winning artist and educator. He is the author of Calligraphy For Dummies, Calligraphy for Creative Kids, Secrets of the Wizard, and The Algebra Journal.
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