“Once upon a time...”. This well-used phrase invites many readers into fairy tales or adventure stories. But not this book. This book asks us to look deeply into the history of racial segregation, violence, and tragedy through the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It is a little-known event that we cannot turn away from as we look into the faces of the Black men, women, and children that were profoundly affected by the hatred of a white mob one hundred years ago. With careful, yet powerful words by Carole Boston Weatherford and emotionally impactful illustrations by Floyd Cooper, this is a story that will stay with you.
Baltimore-born Carole Boston Weatherford is the best-selling author of numerous award-winning books including Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. She won a Coretta Scott King Author Honor for Becoming Billie Holiday, NAACP Image Awards for Moses and for Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, and the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. When she's not traveling or visiting museums, Carole Boston Weatherford is mining the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles. She lives and teachers in North Carolina.
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