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Ms. T. from Kalamazoo MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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Since our school does not have a functioning library, my students need 21 books relating to the Civil Rights Movement in American history.

  • $430 goal

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Help us to learn from the past so that we can prepare for a better future! I teach Government to high school students who are almost all African American and come from very low economic backgrounds. Thanks to some generous donors, many of our students will be college bound, and I need to make sure they are fully prepared. Our school has some unfortunate limitations that hinder our ability to educate the students to the best of our abilities. One main problem is that we do not have a functioning library in our building that would allow students to read and research information.

Our students need the opportunity to read books other than just textbooks and research information that is relevant to them and our curriculum. My students have a strong interest in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, and I'd like to provide the opportunity for them to learn more and understand the struggle many Americans went through during this time period to provide my own students the freedoms that they enjoy today.

My students will need a variety of books that show the struggles and successes of people during the Civil Rights Movement. Having these books will be useful in improving the reading and research skills that are necessary for not only their high school education but also for their college education. Many of our students struggle with research skills and with a very limited number of books available for students, I am unable to help them in this area as much as I would like to. Many of my students will be the first in their families to attend college. I need to ensure that they are fully prepared. I have purchased some books on my own, but I need assistance in providing my students with a classroom library that will meet both the needs of our curriculum as well as the interests of my students.

Please help my students build the skills necessary to be successful in their education as well as in their futures. Your help will make it possible for my students to improve the skills necessary to be successful both in their education as well as their lives. Being able to provide reading materials to my students will not only help their researching skills, but it will also help their reading and literacy skills. Many of our students have below grade level reading abilities. Providing my students with material that they are interested in will be a great way to engage them in reading and learning. Please consider helping my students now and for years to come.

Ms. T.
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
They Had a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle from Frederick Douglass to Marcus Garvey to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X Jules Archer • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II Douglas A. Blackmon • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery James Oakes • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln John Stauffer • Barnes and Noble $24.00 1 $24.00
First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson Michael G. Long (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $6.98 1 $6.98
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela, Little Brown & Co. • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement John Lewis, Michael D'Orso • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America Raymond Arsenault • Barnes and Noble $20.00 1 $20.00
Through My Eyes Ruby Bridges, Margo Lundell (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Clayborne Carson, Clayborne Carson (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $12.76 1 $12.76
Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr. , and the Laws That Changed America Nick Kotz • Barnes and Noble $6.98 1 $6.98
Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story Timothy B. Tyson • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Turn Away Thy Son: Little Rock, the Crisis That Shocked the Nation Elizabeth Jacoway • Barnes and Noble $6.98 1 $6.98
From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality Michael J. Klarman • Barnes and Noble $17.99 1 $17.99
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama - The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution Diane McWhorter • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story Elaine Brown • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Michelle Obama David Colbert • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Leon's Story Leon Walter Tillage, Susan L. Roth (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary Juan Williams • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders Eric Etheridge, Diane McWhorter (Introduction), Preface by Roger Wilkins • Barnes and Noble $40.50 1 $40.50
The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement Bob Zellner, With Constance Curry, Foreword by Julian Bond • Barnes and Noble $25.15 1 $25.15

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