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Cannot Remember A Book That Moved Me So Much!

 

 

I cannot remember reading a book that moved me so much! It evoked so many emotions, from anger to disbelief, which made me stop and think about my own approach to life. To read about the experiences the black community was going through in the 1950s from Elizabeth Eckford's perspective, living through the bullying, intimidation, and fearing for their lives, put's one's own life in review. The segregation was unbelievable and the visceral hatred, violence, and injustice incredible. Yet despite the many injustices the black students faced, they continued to hold their heads up high and with dignity. This book is written from the voice of Elizabeth Eckford in 1957, just after the Montgomery Bus Boycott reforms initiated by the protests of Rosa Parks in 1955 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. Thank you Ms. Eckford and the Stanley's for such a great read. I admire Ms. Eckford's reserve and dedication in having to relive the horrors of the past and showing that one's beliefs can overcome the adversities of life. It is a true testament to her character and legacy. 

~Michael Rowland, TopShelf Reviews