A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story

A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story

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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.

Author: Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: 01/07/2020
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 11.20h x 9.30w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781419736858
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.5
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 509100 / Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story


Review Citation(s):
Booklist 11/01/2019 pg. 44
Publishers Weekly 11/18/2019
School Library Journal 12/01/2019 pg. 98
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2019 pg. 192
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2019 - Recommended, Satisfactory

About the Author
Sharon Langley became known around the country in 1963 as the first African-American to ride the carousel at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. She lives in Los Angeles. Amy Nathan is an award-winning author. Her awards and honors include a Clarion Award and a Washington Post Book of the Week. She lives in Westchester County, New York. Floyd Cooper has won the Coretta Scott King Award and Honor multiple times. He was twice nominated for the NAACP Image Award and has received numerous other awards including the Bank Street College Book of the Year Honor. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.