The Youngest Marcher

The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson


Cynthia Levinson, author of We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, selected Audrey Faye Hendricks, one of the four original children’s protesters highlighted in the book to tell the story for younger readers.  

Audrey Faye Hendricks was a 9 year old determined to do her part in changing Birmingham Alabama’s segregation laws. Sitting around the dinner table, and in the pews of church with her family, Audrey heard her parents talking to leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Fred Shuttlesworth about wiping out the unjust laws that kept her from going places and doing things that white children were able to do. With the support of her parents and community, Audrey Faye, goes to jail and does her part to to make a difference.

Genre - Biographical
Text Structure - picture book
Lexile Level  - N/A

Themes - Segregation, civil rights, children protesters, courage, making a difference, US history, being an activist

Rings of Culture represented -

Ethnicity: black
Age: 7-10
Gender: girl
Socio-Economic: working class
National: USA
Religion: Christian

Why it’s VABBulous -  

  • Surface culture elements easily identified - food, dress, celebrations, music

  • Illustrations authentically depict home/family culture, community, and societal/historical issues accurately

  • Authentic nuanced examples of unspoken cultural rules/norms represented in the text as well as illustrations.
    • Conversational  patterns, rules of conduct, nonverbal communication, facial expressions, patterns of group decision making,notions of leadership, problem solving roles in relation to age, sex, class, occupation

Ideas for CLR -

Set it Off (Into the Text)

  • Prompt 1 - What reasons do people go to jail?

  • Students shout out reasons that people go to jail - teacher records the responses on the whiteboard.

  • Prompt 2 - Can you think of reasons that people go to jail when they haven’t done anything wrong?

    • Pick a Stick - Share reasons that people go to jail for good reason(or good people go to jail)

  • Circle Map- What do you know about the Civil Rights Movement?

I gave this a 7-10 on Responsive Dots. What would you give it?