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A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier
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it was amazing
bookshelves: adult-nonfiction, biography-memoir, colorado-connections, history, young-adult-nonfiction

Carlotta Walls was a bright, motivated student of color living in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. At that time, all schools in Little Rock were segregated. However, after the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, schools in the South were ordered to integrate. Carlotta was offered an opportunity to attend Little Rock’s Central High School—one of the best in the nation. In hopes of receiving a better education Carlotta registered to attend Central.

Little did she realize the impact her decision would have on her family and her community. Carlotta’s gripping memoir gives the reader an eye opening view into what life for African Americans was like in the segregated South of the 1950’s and 60’s. This is an unforgettable and inspiring story of family, sacrifice, determination, perseverance, grace and, ultimately, hope. It is also a testament to the power of ordinary individuals to make a difference in the world.

Former President Bill Clinton, who wrote the forward to this outstanding book, sums it up by saying, “A Mighty Long Way will make you ashamed and proud, angry and hopeful, heartsick and happy. Carlotta tells it as it was, a story we all need to know.”
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November 1, 2013 – Finished Reading
November 4, 2013 – Shelved
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: adult-nonfiction
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: biography-memoir
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: colorado-connections
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: history
November 4, 2013 – Shelved as: young-adult-nonfiction

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