Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton

Great Children’s Book for Black History Month

Each Saturday this month we have reviewed great books for Black History Month. Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, recalls what it was like growing up during the Civil Rights Movement in her book “Child of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Paula grew up in the deep south, in a world where whites had rights and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, she describes having dinner with “Uncle Martin” (Martin Luther King) and other prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. Poignant, moving, and hopeful, this is an intimate look at the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. An end note provides additional information about the people depicted.


  1. Love these great resources you always provide for us. Just wanted to give you a shout out! I read daily just don't comment enough, want to encourage you please know we are reading.

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