Beginning in December of 1955, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was one of the most important catalysts for radically charging the American civil rights movement.
A language arts teacher in Atlanta, Yolanda L. Everett knows that there are aspects to a story that will engage young readers – and other aspects that will be a little over their heads.
In an effort to make the story of the boycott accessible to young children, Everett has used an interesting technique to tell the story. Instead of asking the generation ahead of her to help her write a book for them, she sought help from a generation behind.
< p>“My father was just a 10-year-old kid living in Montgomery during the boycott. He didn’t really understand what was going on at the time,” Everett said. “I said ‘that’s it!’ we can tell a children’s story from the perspective—the real perspective—of a child trying to figure out what was going on around him.”
Everett’s book “Peter and the Boycott” follows Peter’s introduction to the boycott and circumstances that made it necessary. The curious and confused Peter finds himself told by his grandmother and friends to not board the bus for school.
Through the story, he meets people who tell him why he has to walk around Montgomery instead of taking the bus. After hearing the lessons of loved ones and civil rights leaders, Peter begins to understand his role in the boycott and learns a valuable lesson that would stick with him for a lifetime.
“Peter and the Boycott” focuses on the principles and history of the early civil rights movement. Written for children between the ages of 6 and 13, Everett hopes her book can be used as a resource to introduce young people to the events.
“I knew that I wanted to make it accessible to kids without leaving anything important out,” Everett said. “I hope my father’s story will make as much of an impression on others as it did on me.”
“Peter and the Boycott” by Yolanda L. Everett, ISBN: 978-1-4918-6843-0, available in softcover and e-book, paperback price: $16.98.