Follow Chester! a college football team fights racism and makes history

by Respress-Churchwell, Gloria,

Format: Kindle Book 2019 2019
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"A little known civil rights hero and college football MVP finally gets a voice in this fictional account detailing Chester Pierce's game-changing play as he became the first black college football player to compete south of the Mason-Dixon Line. In 1947, no African American player can play at a southern school; in return, the opposing team benches a player of "equal talent." This historical fiction picture book frames a turbulent time in the civil rights era with the clever use of a football play to show race relations and teamwork. Inspired by a true story, capturing a historic defense against the Jim Crow laws of the South" --
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Chester Pierce, who grew up in a small New York town and became his high school's first Black senior-class president, later played football on Harvard's varsity team. In 1947, they boarded a bus for a game at the University of Virginia, a state where Jim Crow laws were in force. To resist discrimination, they agreed on a strategy they called Follow Chester. When Chester was allowed to enter a restaurant only through the back door, they all trooped in after him. Chester and his teammates made history by taking a stand together. Where he was denied a hotel room, they all refused to stay. First introducing Chester as a boy, this picture book will easily draw primary-grade children into this story of courage, teamwork, and resisting injustice. The text reads aloud smoothly, and the beautifully composed, richly colored digital illustrations show up well from a distance. While the football angle will appeal to sports fans, this handsome picture book primarily offers young children an accessible introduction to the struggle for civil rights in mid-twentieth-century America.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Pierce, Chester M.
Harvard University Football History
Football players United States Biography
Psychiatrists United States Biography
College sports United States History
College sports Social aspects United States
Racism in sports United States History
Discrimination in sports United States History
Football players Juvenile literature
Psychiatrists Juvenile literature
African Americans Biography Juvenile literature
College sports History Juvenile literature
College sports Social aspects Juvenile literature
Racism in sports History Juvenile literature
Discrimination in sports History Juvenile literature
Juvenile Literature
African American Fiction
Juvenile Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Charlesbridge,2019
Contributors Freeman, Laura (Illustrator) illustrator
OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Kindle Book
Format: OverDrive Read
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781632897237
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