Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, Chapter 14

There's only one thing to preview before reading. Most of this post we will revisit after reading the chapter.

Kenny sits under a magnolia tree in Grandma Sands's backyard. We don't have those in Wisconsin because the climate won't allow them to grow.

Continue reading below only after finishing 
Chapter 14.

This is certainly a tough chapter. Readers try to understand what happened to Kenny and think about what he really saw compared to what he thinks he saw. Readers also try to sort out what happened to Joey and what she says she saw.

We know for sure that the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed and that the results were horrible.

This is an actual event in Birmingham and United States history.  Here are a few pictures from that day followed by some links to more information.  I'm curious to hear your reactions to this part of history.  If you would like, leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Here is a sign in Birmingham today remembering three of the bombing victims.  After that is a picture of the church today.

Here is an article written on the 40th anniversary of the bombing. This September, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the bombing.

1 comment:

  1. I am sadden by the fact that more than 50 years later we still have to explain to children why people to mean/hurtful things. This week people, including children and young adults, were senselessly hurt and 22 were killed in an explosion at a concert in the UK. Why haven't we learned to treat each other better? Why have we not chosen love over hate? What do I tell my students?


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