Alice Faye Duncan
I write books for young learners.
I speak to students about the Civil Rights Movement.
I lead writing workshops.
This critical civil rights book for middle-graders examines the little-known Fayette County Tent City Movement in the late 1950s and reveals what is possible when people unite and fight for the right to vote.
The late 1950s was a turbulent time in Fayette County, Tennessee. Black and white children went to different schools. Jim Crow signs hung high. And while Black hands in Fayette were free to work in the fields as sharecroppers, the same Black hands were barred from casting ballots in public elections. If they dared to vote, they faced threats of violence by the local Ku Klux Klan or White citizens. It wasn't until Black landowners organized registration drives to help Black citizens vote did change begin--but not without white farmers' efforts to prevent it. They evicted Black sharecroppers off their land, leaving families stranded and forced to live in tents. White shopkeepers blacklisted these families, refusing to sell them groceries, gasoline, and other necessities. But the voiceless did finally speak, culminating in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which legally ended voter discrimination. Powerfully conveyed through interconnected stories and told through the eyes of a child, this book combines poetry, prose, and stunning illustrations to shine light on this forgotten history.
YELLOW DOG BLUES is a Blues Fable. Bo Willie wakes-up to discover his hound dog missing. He must find the dog before sunset and the journey begins! Willie pursues a grand adventure, traveling the Famous Blues Trail up Highway 61 in the Mississippi Delta. Riding in his aunt's convertible Cadillac, they stop at Dockery Farms where Blues was born. They boogie with Willie Seaberry at his Blues Cafe in Merigold. They stop in Rosedale to search the Crossroads where Robert Johnson sold his soul. Beale Street is the last stop. Will there be a happy reunion? No matter what--LOVE NEVER FAILS. Order HERE --> https://amzn.to/3HUFEB
Here are a variety of English Language Arts lessons to pair with books by Alice Faye Duncan. Most of the lessons can be used across 1 to 3 days or more. Also, the lessons can be modified for elementary, middle and high school students.
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