Review: We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March

We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's MarchWe’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An engaging, informative narrative in the history of Civil Rights from the perspective of several African-American youths standing up in the face of oppression in 1963. “We’ve Got A Job” toggles between personal accounts of children who marched in protest of discrimination and informative passages that illustrate examples of the laws that were enacted during that time, derogatory social attitudes, and harsh realities that African-American men, women, and children endured. The work also contains full black and white photographs and documents that shape the movement and the people involved, including Martin Luther King Jr and Fred Shuttlesworth. It shows both the demonstration of peaceful protests and the riots and violence that shook Birmingham, Alabama in that time from primary sources. It was a wonderfully compiled and informative resource, and certainly would recommend it considering it examines from an intimate and external perspective in the struggle for equality. I wouldn’t say it provides the most complete expansion on the topic, but I think as a conversation starter as well as a resource, it’s well worth perusing.

Overall score: 4/5

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Peachtree Publishers.

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