Separate But Not Equal
By Jim Haskins
With February being designated as African-American History month and the theme of this year’s observation declared the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, an appropriate book to read is Separate But Not Equal. This non-fiction book focuses on the policy of separate but equal—segregation and supposedly the same quality of facilities—especially as it pertains to education. The book chronicles the struggle for African-Americans to attain education from colonial times through the late 20th century. This book highlights important court cases and instrumental people in changing the quality of education for African-Americans. This is a great non-fiction book which gives basic information in language that is easily understood. Separate But Not Equal stresses the importance of education as a means to achieve better quality of life. It is sad to think that for so many years quality of life was denied to so many.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.