The Girl From the Tar Paper School

The Girl From the Tar Paper School

Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement

Book - 2014
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Describes the peaceful protest organized by teenager Barbara Rose Johns in order to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and explains how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014
ISBN: 9781419707964
1419707965
Branch Call Number: 921 Powel
Description: 56 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm

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Before Rosa Parks and Little Rock Nine, a teenager led a walk-out at her Virginia school to draw attention to the terrible conditions that came from "separate but equal" education.

In 1951, Barbara Rose Johns attended an all-black high school in Farmville, Virginia. Though only 15, she led a peaceful protest to end segregation there and with it, the inherent educational inequalities. Part of our children's collection.

Barbara Johns went to an all-black school in Farmville, Virginia. In 1951 at age 15, she led her classmates in a peaceful protest that changed education forever in the US.


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Before Martin Luther King, before Rosa Parks, there was Barbara Rose Johns, who, in 1950, as a high school junior led to a peaceful protest to replace the tar paper buildings at her school with something better. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court and helped outlaw segregation. Illus. with photos.

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