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Remember: The Journey to School Integration

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Toni Morrison has collected a treasure chest of archival photographs that depict the historical events surrounding school desegregation. These unforgettable images serve as the inspiration for Ms. Morrison’s text—a fictional account of the dialogue and emotions of the children who lived during the era of “separate but equal” schooling. Remember is a unique pictorial and na ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 3rd 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2004)
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This is an outstanding book, whose images and words may haunt you, as they do me.

Remember: The Journey To School Integration is a beautiful oversize book of sepia toned photographs, covering the period of American history between the 1950s and 1960s, and concentrating on the racial tensions at that time. It would be straight photojournalism, except for one thing. The text is by Toni Morrison, the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with “Beloved”, in 1988, and she brings her
Lana Clifton
This book walks the reader down history's hallway-- back to the day's of school integration. This book MUST be included in any upper-elementary American History unit because it gives a photographic account of what the civil rights movement looked like and felt like for both black and white Americans. Truly inspirational. Truly captivating. Our journey continues.
Tanya Patrice
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The black and white pictures in this book told a captivating story. This really, and very simply, brought home what it was like for black kids trying to go to newly integrated schools. It also showed the white kids - and how some were genuinely angry, and some were led by their parents behavior. Thanks Toni Morrison for reminding us how the freedoms African Americans enjoy today have been won by tremendous battles.
Marissa Garcia
This thoroughly stunning book breathes life into that not too distant period of enormous change in our country. The large photos make the experiences these children had resonate powerfully with young readers, and Morrison's voice maneuvers itself gracefully to encompass the many different young people represented in this book.

Suggest to patrons looking for non-fiction on civil rights in America, books with stunning visuals, fans of Toni Morrison.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-author, 2017-read
4.5 stars
I took this out of the library for my child to read. I wanted to read it too, because Toni Morrison. The book is mostly comprised of photos, which are in some cases pretty scary, in others, amazing. The photos and Toni Morrison's text help put faces on the facts in a visceral way.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
No matter how immersed you have been in the research behind school integration, this book will add to the emotional impact from this piece of US history. Pulitzer award winning author, Tori Morrison uses narration from a first person perspective, that adds to real black and white photographs. The readability of the text is straightforward (around 2nd-3rd grade) yet involves well chosen words.The photographs capture oppressed environments and deep reactions from both sides to the movement of scho ...more
Such a beautiful book. Simple, but powerful. Brought me to tears. Morrison reminds us that these were children. Somehow these photographs transcend time. Maybe it's the expressions on the faces, but somehow instead of being distracted by old cars and kids wearing ties to school, this book really brought home how important and timeless the issue of school integration is.

It was interesting to read the photo information in the back of the book and see how the integration issues continued for decad
Shira Burns
This book really touched my soul. The text is about segregation and intergration within schools of the United States. The pictures in this text are amazing because they embody the emotions, mental state, and actions of this time. This piece of literature is a great way to implement literature into a social studies lesson about segregated schools for 4th or 5th graders.
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Everyone must read this book. If you read it, you will need to own your own copy.

I take a day to read it to each of my classes in middle school. They are speechless. There is a clarity spoken by real pictures that cannot be topped by any other form of media.

CH13_Caitlin Murphy
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mc-literature
Toni Morrison's "Remember: The Journey to School Immigration" is a book told through photographs and quotes. It tells the story of the desegregation of public schools in the 1950's. The chosen photos are vivid and honest. They show the anger of southern whites, the brave faces of the African American students and eventually the friendships formed between the children. I would recommend using this book in a 5th - 8th grade classroom. It is often difficult to explain to children about a time when ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mc-literature
Toni Morrison’s book Remember is a picture book that uses photographs of the segregated South and some that are more contemporary. It uses the images along with beautifully tailored text that explains the story of the desegregation of our schools. This book could be used in various themes within a text set. If a teacher were to be working in a unit on understanding, friendship, freedom, or integrity, the book would fit them all.

The stark and at times slightly disturbing pictures correspond well
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you're not already familiar with this book, it is a collection of photographs from the time surrounding school and other integration, paired with Ms. Morrison's imaginings of what the subjects of those photos were thinking.

My library had it listed as YA, and I checked it out intending to read and discuss it separately with my fourth-grader and my second-grader -- but after going through it with the older one, decided to hold off with the younger. For the fourth grader, however, this was perf
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some very powerful images. It really makes you wonder what people were thinking... It's hard to even relate to whatever hatred motivated some of the reactions to the end of segregation. Some of the women had expressions on their faces that are just so full of all sorts of negativity. In my mind, I just wonder, "What could have possibly made you that way?" There is no humanity there to relate to. Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors, and generally a very powerful voice for the black commun ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book. I will definitely use it when teaching TKAM. I literally got goosebumps while reading. It would work even better paired with Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry for middle school or elementary students.
Aric Cushing
I didn't realize this was a young adult book, but the photographs, and text, of course, are second to none. The book finishes on a positive, uplifting note, which is necessary.
Sidik Fofana
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
SIX WORD REVIEW: Saving this for my unborn child.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This picture book won the Coretta Scott King Award for author in 2005. This concise and clear history of the journey to school integration was powerful and very respectful. She depicted various civil rights events with a particular focus on schools beginning with the results of the ruling to legalize separate but equal facilities in 1896 to the Congressional Gold Medal being awarded to the Little Rock Nine in 1999. She shows both sides of the struggle and gives voice to the pictures taken of tha ...more
Charly Carbray
I loved this book for it inclusion of real life photos! I always appreciate that as a reader because that was something that I looked forward to as a child. What I love most about his book, though, is the fictional way it tells a major part of our nations history. I think its very important to imagine the conversations that might have been heard within the classrooms during this time, so that students can really understand what was going on in the world they live in.

I would include this book wi
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Powerful book!!! I love the real pictures.
Lamar Daniel
We have come a long way in the education system from the early 1990s. I often wonder what it would be like if I experience the type of hurts from whites. I would have the students describe how the blacks felt back in those times.
I believe that, Toni Morrison is a great storyteller. In this picture book she has demonstrated that her ability, to tell great stories, is not limited to fiction. Here Morrison has used photographs to show a historical time-line of the United States’ journey thru school integration.

I read this book during “Black History” month. I believe it is a great book for children and adults to learn this bit of American history. Great coffee table book, too.
Toni Morrison's Remember: The Journey to School Integration is an incredible depiction of the sequence of events that ended segregation in American schools and led to more equality in all realms of life for African Americans. I think that along with the photographs, the first person narration is the other characteristic of the book that is most effective for young readers in elementary school. As a future teacher, I am excited to use this text in my classroom. This piece of literature would be e ...more
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Toni Morrison’s Remember: The Journey to School Integration is for children age nine to twelve. It won the 2005 Coretta Scott King Award. Morrison uses her knowledge of the events of relating to school integration and research about the photographs used to construct her own theories about the events. This helped her create a historically based narrative to help convey the emotions of the events in the pictures.

While Morrison does not cite any specific research that lead to the writing of this b
Sarah Hamrick
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Remember by Toni Morrison is about the journey to school integration. Morrison includes many archival photographs and depicts what the dialogue might have been in the very powerful pictures. Morrison imagined the thoughts and feelings of those in the pictures to help her write the story. The book portrays the inequalities in the idea of “Separate but equal” and then shows the effects of Brown v. Board of Education and how unjustly people were treated even beyond the ruling based on the color of ...more
Lana Hoffman
Oct 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Morrison brings this important time in our history to life in a original manner. She uses photographs to capture what was happening during the time of school integration. These images are very powerful! The emotions of that time are clearly seen in these photographs and they tell their own story. For example, there is a photograph of a boy who is about seven years old and he is wearing a ku klux klan outfir, that picture says it all. It makes me feel angry, sad, and disgusted all at the same tim ...more
Maribel Galvez
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: Middle School (6-8)
Reading level: 5.7 (Lexile 660L)
Genre: Information Book, Multicultural Literature

Main Characters: Several photographed individuals
Setting: Segregated U.S. in the 1950’s
POV: Unnamed 1st person narrator

Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison uses black and white archival photographs to tell the story of school integration through a primarily visual medium. She includes the voice of a fictional narrator that details the thoughts and f
Crystal Thibodeaux
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The award-winning author, Toni Morrison, has outdone herself again with this extremely vivid picture book. Morrison uses real-life photographs from events prior to and following the 1954 Supreme Court ruling on Brown v. Board of Education. Morrison puts herself into the shoes of the people within the images to help create and tell the story. Through this historical fiction text, the reader is able to envision what it was like during this intense and emotional time period. The book concludes with ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is another novel that highlights schools and segregation. This is an important tool for children to understand that our history use to be like. This book also highlights important movements in our history, for example, the book highlights Brown v. Board of Education. Students should be aware of these changes that happened. The story follows fictional accounts and emotions of the children who lived during this time. It's a narrative story that shows how American history within our school sys ...more
Ann Harrington
In this amazing book, author Toni Morrison uses actual photographs from the 1950s, chronicling the evolution of school integration in the United States. Through her narrative/text, Morrison creates a fictionalized account of the children and adults featured in the photos. In so doing, she brings these photographs to life and produces an incredible work of historical fiction. The book ends with captions and descriptions of the photographs included, giving the reader insight into some of the event ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This would be a great book for a middle school who is learning about segregation and the differences between races and cultures. There are very thoughtful pictures. The pictures correspond to the thoughts and feelings the reader experiences. I believe some the thoughts being portrayed or the feelings the author is trying to objectify in the pictures are above the age group. In the index of the book I think it is very useful to list even more details about each picture and story. The picture of t ...more
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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford), is an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best k
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