The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

Contributed by David Dybdahl500a31dc-9884-4da8-a4bf-5423402b88c9

I liked how this was written in a sincere and relatable way from the point of view of Kenneth Watson, a little African American boy living with his family in Flint, Michigan. He tells about his small adventures at home, including bullies and unlikely friends at school. But after his older brother Byron gets in too much trouble, the Watsons decide to take a family vacation down to Birmingham to visit Grandma Sands and leave Byron with her for the summer. In 1963, the midst of the Civil Rights movement, they experience an event that is shocking and traumatic for all of them, especially Kenny.

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