Voices from the March on Washington: Poems
Voices from the March on Washington: Poems

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Annotation: A collection of poems inspired by the 1963 March on Washington weaves together the voices of multiple witnesses, from a woman singing through a terrifying bus ride, to a teen who marched because he was ordered to stay away, to a child riding on his father's shoulders in the crowd.
Genre: Government
Catalog Number: #90975
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: xiv, 114 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-620-91785-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-84602-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-620-91785-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-84602-9
Dewey: 323.1196
LCCN: 2014935552
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Poets Lewis and Lyon here give voice to a cross-section of the 250,000 participants of the 1963 March on Washington: from first grader Ruby May Hollingsworth and Aki Kimura, a Japanese American sent to internment camp during WWII, to Coretta Scott King. Many fine works on the civil rights movement are available; this adds the power of poetic imagination. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind.
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called it "the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation." The historic August 28, 1963, march on Washington drew 250,000 people to the nation's capital and wrote a new chapter in the history of the civil rights movement. Now poets Lewis and Lyon have written their own chapter in this collection of original poems that examine and celebrate the occasion and its aftermath in a variety of voices, both real and imagined. The coauthors pose three questions o were the marchers? Why did they risk their lives to be there? How were they changed by that day? d answer them in eloquent verse, both free and rhymed. The imagined voices memorialize the splendid variety of the people who marched, among them Ruby May Hollingsworth, 6, a first-grader from Mountain Home, Arkansas; Emma Wallace, 23, a farmhand from Seymour, Iowa; and, from Amarillo, Texas, Raymond Jarvis, 25, an out-of-work store clerk with a BA degree in business administration. From any perspective, however, the march was history in the making, and this collection is a fitting memorial to it.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-110) and indexes.
Word Count: 11,523
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.0 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 169540 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:7.1 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q64983
Lexile: NP

The powerful poems in this poignant collection weave together multiple voices to tell the story of the March on Washington, DC, in 1963.

From the woman singing through a terrifying bus ride to DC, to the teenager who came partly because his father told him, "Don't you dare go to that march," to the young child riding above the crowd on her father's shoulders, each voice brings a unique perspective to this tale. As the characters tell their personal stories of this historic day, their chorus plunges readers into the experience of being at the march—walking shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers, hearing Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech, heading home inspired.


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