Reviewed by Deborah Menkart
Every year in the Zinn Education Project “this day in history” series, we feature the story of high school history teacher Clara Luper and the NAACP Youth Council in Oklahoma who began sit-ins to desegregate lunch counters at the Katz Drugstore on Aug. 19, 1958.
This was two years before the more famous 1960 sit-in at Woolworths that sparked a national movement. I am so glad that Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich wrote this children’s book about her to show young readers that people resisted throughout history — the more famous actions are seldom the first. In addition, teachers and students have always played an active role, yet seldom get the limelight.
As with the titles above, check out other books by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.
Someday Is Now by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Published by Seagrass Press on August 7, 2018
Genres: African American, Civil Rights Movement, U.S. History
Reading Level: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5
Also by this author: 8th Grade Superzero
Publisher's Synopsis: "Not only does this book highlight an important civil rights activist, it can serve as an introduction to child activism as well as the movement itself. Valuable." Kirkus Reviews starred review.
"Relatable and meaningful ...A top addition to nonfiction collections." - School Library Journal starred review.
Someday Is Now tells the inspirational story of the celebrated civil rights leader, Clara Luper, who led one of the first lunch-counter sit-ins in America.
How will you stand against something you know is wrong? One way is to follow the lessons of bravery taught by civil rights pioneers like Clara Luper.
As a child, Clara saw how segregation affected her life. Her journey famously led her to Oklahoma, where she and her students desegregated stores and restaurants that were closed to African Americans. With courage and conviction, Clara Luper led young people to “do what had to be done.”
This moving title includes additional information on Clara Luper's extraordinary life, her lessons of nonviolent resistance, and a glossary of key civil rights people and terms.