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A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story: 06/20/20
A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley is a picture book about the protests to open up Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland to Black families. The story is narrated and illustrated from the childhood perspective of the author who was the first Black child to ride the carousel.
Before the history lesson, the book opens in the present with a Black girl riding a carousel. She muses about how everyone is equal on the ride because it goes in a circle. From there the book segues to asking the reader to imagine a time when not everyone would be allowed to ride.
The co-author, Amy Nathan, found through her research that after the amusement park closed the carousel was moved to the National Mall. The afterword includes photos of the carousel, the historic ride and Sharon Langley now as an adult. There's also a timeline and a bibliography.
The illustrations are done by Floyd Cooper. He's illustrated around 90 books, many which I want to / plan to read.