Sunday, February 16, 2014

Birmingham 1963 & Olympics 1948

"The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963" is the first book Christopher Paul Curtis wrote, and he won a Newbury Honor award among others for it. Mrs. Cowley's choice of the book for this month's book club is timely as February is Black History month.
Serena enjoyed the humour as she traveled down south from Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama with the "Weird Watsons" in the story. The book was written in memory of the four girls who died in the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963. As a historical fiction, the book is a wonderful way to open up discussion on a difficult and tragic piece of history. We're glad to have discovered this great author - we're now reading Christopher Paul Curtis' second novel, "Bud, Not Buddy", another Newbery Honor book.

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Another inspiring story we read is "Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion" by Heather Lang.  Alice Coachman was the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, having to overcome the adversity of being a woman and a black athlete of her times.

Watch this rare footage of Alice Coachman's high jump at the 1948 London Olympics. How far we have come from that Olympic to the one happening now in Sochi!


  1. So very true. In a short time we have come a long way
    Love Nanny & Papa

  2. Wonderful book choices to share on the Olympics Serena! Awesome reading!