A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

Title: A Wreath for Emmett Till

Author: Marilyn Nelson

Illustrator: Philippe Lardy

Publisher: Hougton Mifflin

Published Date: 2005

Emmett Till was only 14 when he was brutally¬†hung and killed. Left in a river to bloat and fester. All because he supposedly whistled at a white man’s wife. Till, being black, was victimized during a time in the U.S. that segregation was in full force. His death was one of several that started the Civil Rights movement. Ms. Nelson captures his death and the world at that time and transforms it into a beautiful poem.

This poem is beautiful. It made me angry, sad and hurt that anyone could do this to another human being. It doesn’t matter the color, race, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual preference. For someone to coldly kill another because of hate is despicable. And for the men who killed Emmett to have gotten away with this murder is not only unjust but plain wrong. I don’t even have the words to describe how I feel about this right now. I’m just sad that it happened. For Ms. Nelson to produce so much beauty in such a horrendous act is a blessing and beauty of its own. I’m a poetry lover and never have I had a poem move me as much. I wish I could explain more about the poem, but it’s just one of those things you will have to read on your own to understand. This poem is great. Read it. It might just change you.

Happy Reading!



Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack

Title: Goin’ Someplace Special

Author: Patricia C. McKissack

Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney

Publisher: Anne Schwarz Book

Published Date: 2001

This is a story about ‘Tricia Ann and her Gbrandmother. ‘Tricia Ann lives in a time when segregation was in full bloom. Jim Crow laws kept black people in the back of the bus, back of the theater and out of shops and hotels. ‘Tricia Ann had a special place she liked to go. Now that she was twelve her Grandmother let her go there on her own. She had all kinds of troubles getting there. But once she was there, she was in her happy place.

Great story about the hardships of just going out in public during segregation. All this little girl was trying to do was go to her Someplace Special. And she had to endure getting kicked out of places, not even being let in and nasty looks from passerbys. Once she made it though. It was all worth it. The best part…that Someplace Special was the public library. On the building it said, All Are Welcome. Awesome!

Happy Reading!