"I constantly questioned myself as a child. All of the positive images of poeple I'd seen were white. To be beautiful, ou not only had to be stick-skinny, with no behind, you had to have long silky blong hair and blue eyes, a thin nose, and thin lips. I just didn't measure up."
-- Charisse Nesbit, Maryland
These true stories from every part of America tell what it was like growing up in world where the color of people's skin set them apart.
How do you feel when a teacher doesn't believe that you wrote the story he thinks is great?
How can you make friends and belong in a black school when your father is black and your mother is Puerto Rican?
What do you do whn you're working in the kitchen o a summer camp in Vermont, but you're not allowed to swim in the camp lake?
All the writer's pain, confusion, humiliation, and rage are vividly expressed. but many of them went on to struggle against overwhelming odds and realize their dreams. Their voices offer hope, inspiration, and a challenge to us all.
Introduction Sticks and Stones and Words and Bones Amitiyah Elayne Hyman My First Friend (My Blond-Haired, Blue-Eyed Linda) Marion Coleman Brown Silver Stars J. K. Dennis Warmin? da Feet o? da Massa Toni Pierce Webb Freedom Summer Sarah Bracey White The Lesson Dianne E. Dixon Little Tigers Don?t Roar Anthony Ross Hitting Dante Aya de Leon All the Black Children Antoine P. Reddick Boomerism, or Doing Time in the Ivy League Ben Bates Fred LeVan D. Hawkins In the Belly of a Clothes Rack Crystal Ann Williams Child of the Dream Charisse Nesbit A True Friend? Mia Threlkeld A Waste of Yellow: Growing Up Black in America Linnea Colette Ashley Black Codes: Behavior in the Post-Civil Rights Era Caille Millner Selected Chronology Credits About the Author
Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 3rd May 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.21