A Ride to Remember: A Merry-Go-Round and Its Civil Rights Story
A Ride to Remember: A Merry-Go-Round and Its Civil Rights Story

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Annotation: The true story of how a ride on a carousel made a powerful Civil Rights statement A Ride to Remembertells how a communit... more
Catalog Number: #209683
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-419-73685-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7537-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-419-73685-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7537-3
Dewey: 305
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In 1963, segregation was still the norm in many public places, including the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Baltimore, Maryland. Author Langley narrates, recounting events from her childhood, when both Black and white people peacefully protested this injustice on July 4 and 7, 1963, resulting in negotiations that eventually opened the park to all on August 28, 1963. On opening day (the same day as Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington and "I Have a Dream" speech), Langley and her father were the first African Americans to legally enter Gwynn Oak, where Langley rode the carousel. The text is simple, direct, and heartfelt, offering readers a clear sense of the frustrations felt by African Americans leading up to these events. Cooper's signature oil erasure illustrations feature sepia tones and expressive faces that support and extend the poignant text. Appended with an extensive author's note (explaining, among other things, that the carousel still operates today on the National Mall), this is a moving tribute to a little-known civil rights event.
Publishers Weekly
Like many children, Sharon Langley took her first carousel ride supported by a parent-s steadying hand. But Langley-s August 1963 ride, a month before her first birthday, was also a landmark: the culmination of a sustained civil rights struggle to integrate the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Baltimore. Framed as a conversation between Langley and her parents, the story recalls the sustained efforts of people working together that made Langley-s ride possible. The structure of the carousel itself becomes an unexpected metaphor: -Nobody first and nobody last, everyone equal, having fun together.- Cooper-s richly textured illustrations, made using oil erasure on illustration board, evoke sepia photographs- dreamlike combination of distance and immediacy, complementing the aura of reminiscence that permeates Langley and Nathan-s narrative. Robust supplemental information includes a bibliography, timeline, a note from Langley, and information about the carousel, which is now situated at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Ages 6-9. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 14 As a young girl, Sharon Langley was forbidden to ride the carousel at Gwyn Oak Amusement Park in Baltimore because of her race. This picture book tells the story of how the park was desegregated in the summer of 1963. Following desegregation, the Langleys were the first African American family to walk into the park. Narrated in the first person, Langley's story is told with the wide-eyed enthusiasm of childhood. Her account is placed in the context of the civil rights movement by noting that August 28, 1963, was the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Today the carousel is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Illustrations rendered in muted colors fill the pages. VERDICT A solid addition to U.S. history collections for its subject matter and its first-person historical narrative. Patricia Ann Owens, formerly at Illinois Eastern Community College, Mt. Carmel
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Guided Reading Level: O
Fountas & Pinnell: O

The true story of how a ride on a carousel made a powerful Civil Rights statement A Ride to Remembertells how a community came together--both black and white--to make a change. When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were not allowed entry. This book reveals how in the summer of 1963, due to demonstrations and public protests, the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time. Co-author Sharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride the carousel. This was on the same day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Langley's ride to remember demonstrated the possibilities of King's dream. This book includes photos of Sharon on the carousel, authors' notes, a timeline, and a bibliography.

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