The Girl From the Tar Paper School

Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement

The Girl From the Tar Paper School
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
Branch Call Number: J B Powell K
Characteristics: 56 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Schomburg Children's Collection


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In 1951, a little known heroine inspires fellow students to advocate for equitable conditions in their classrooms. The Civil Rights movement has many unique stories. This is one.

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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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