Refused a Library Card Book Pairings

Matthew Hayes, librarian at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, pairs the sit-in chapter in Samuel Wilbert Tucker: The Story of a Civil Rights Trailblazer and the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in with Ron’s Big Mission¬†(Dutton, 2009) by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden, which tells how Challenger astronaut Ron McNair as a young boy protested and was finally allowed to check out books from his segregated public library. ¬†Both books use information from primary source interviews to show how young people acted to challenge segregation and overcome adversity. ¬†

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