And that opportunity is to attend this Sunday’s launch event for my friend Cynthia Levinson’s new book for young readers, We’ve Got A Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March:
Between May 2 and May 7, 1963, 3,000 — 4,000 children â€“- yes, childrenâ€“marched to protest segregation and to get arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama. Many of them were charged by snarling police dogs and washed down the street by powerful fire hoses. Nevertheless, day after day, more of themâ€“including Audrey Faye Hendricks (age 9), Washington Booker (14), James Stewart (15), and Arnetta Streeter (16)â€“marched and went to jail. Why?
The New York Times calls the book “extensively researchedâ€¦[a] riveting, significant work of nonfiction.”
The launch will be at 3 p.m. at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Washington Booker himself will be there. You should be, too.