Dear Mr. Rosenwald: Understanding the African American Struggle for Education
Title: Dear Mr. Rosenwald
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
Based on the true story of the Rosenwald schools built in the rural African-American South in the 1920s, writer and poet Carol Boston Weatherford tells the lyrical story of third grader Ovella as her family and community help each other build a new, and much-prayed for, school.
Inspired by Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant and the president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., donated millions of dollars to build schools for African-American children in the rural South. (Amazon description)
This book helps to put into perspective the difficult journey African Americans have faced in America's education system. (Being killed for simply holding a book and trying to learn, then segregation and subpar textbooks, teaching, and facilities, and today still battling biased treatment in some schools) Yet despite it all, many African Americans have overcome and continue to pave the way for those who come after them.