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.