When Carlotta Walls, one of the Little Rock Nine Students in the late '60's, started at Central High School, she wore the first store-bought dress she had ever owned. The white kids spat at her, pushed her and knocked her books down, but she persevered, because getting a good education was a strong family priority.
Harry Smith did a wonderful piece on this story on the Today Show this morning: "A Dress and a Dream", watch this show with your kids, it's important.
The dress and this stellar report card are at the Smithsonian in Washington, go on line to
https://www.si.edu/visit and see this and many amazing stories about integration.
When we talk about courage to our children, it can be in books:
Henry's Freedom Box (6-10 year olds) by Ellen Levine about a young boy who is born into slavery and the Underground Railroad.
Brave Irene by William Steig for 3-8 year olds about a little girl who helps her mother by delivering a dress to a client on a sled in a snowstorm.
Mirette on the High WIre (3-8 year olds) by Emily McCully is the story of a high-wire artist who has lost his courage to perform and how a little girl helps him re-gain his courage.
For older children, how about:
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer about an 11 year old girl in Mozambique who is being forced into marrying a cruel man and so she runs away.
or Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt, a historical novel for teens about the government of Maine trying to put residents of Malaga Island in a mental hospital and tearing up their homes.
There are so many books and so many ways to teach children about courage, isn't now the time to do it?
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Whether it's riding a bike, building a building, learn to play a hard game or standing up for someone's rights, we need courage!
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