Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Video: We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Y. Levinson

By Cynthia Leitich Smith
for Cynsations

Mrs. Armantrout's fourth-graders at Patsy Sommer Elementary in Austin, Texas; created this book trailer for We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Y. Levinson (Peachtree, 2012)(excerpt).

Read a Cynsations New Voice interview with Cynthia. Peek: "I interviewed not only black people who had marched in 1963 but also white people, including a policeman, about their perspectives. This trip convinced me that onsite research is invaluable."

See also Who Are You, Really? by Cynthia Y. Levinson from Hunger Mountain: A VCFA Journal of the Arts. Peek: "Identity, I was learning, is tricky. My facile categorizations of my sources into racists on one side and black civil rights activists on the other barely coincided with their own self-identity. Their internal nuances mattered."


Beth Stilborn said...

Wow. Powerfully moving trailer. This book has just been put on my MUST READ list. Thank you Cynthia!

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

It's one of the top nonfiction titles of the year and a fantastic debut.