''''I have a dream.'''' Everyone is familiar with these words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but not everyone knows the struggle that surrounded them. In the 1950s, America was not a place of fulfilled dreams for the nation''s black population. There was a great deal of prejudice and segregation that left African Americans with fewer civil rights than other Americans. Luckily, the people did not remain quiet. Instead, a vibrant movement for civil rights began in the United States—one that would last for decades and would face innumerable challenges. Speaking Out is the story of the extraordinary Civil Rights Movement. This series highlights specific periods and events from America''s past and explains how they helped shape our country''s history. Featuring lavish illustrations, period artwork, drawings, and photographs, the visual appeal alone is enough to engage young readers. The addition of carefully researched text that is both interesting and highly accessible led The American Library Association''s Book List to name this series one of the ''''Top Ten Nonfiction Series'''' of 2004.
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