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"Remember" by Toni Morrison - A Book Review

Updated on October 26, 2013

What Were the Children Who Were A Part of School Intergration Thinking?

I was overwhelmed as I studied the pictures and read the words in this book. Each page was a part of an emotional rollercoaster ride and I enjoyed the whole ride.

Toni Morrison, a "mastor storyteller," used real photographs that in some way illustrate the story of a period of change in American History. This change was from segregated schools to integrated schools.

What are the children in these photographs thinking, feeling, and imagining as they endure these very challenging times in America, land of the free? Toni Morrison used her gift as a storyteller to write what could be their thoughts and feelings.

The Photographs

Each picture clearly provokes indepth thought, strong emotion, and, for those who were alive during that time, memories.

When I pulled the book from the shelf, the picture on the cover challenged my intellect. Where are these children? Who are these children? When was this picture taken? These questions immediately flooded my mind. I then saw the author's name. "Toni Morrison, I dd not know that she wrote children's books."

Each picture is in black and white, Many of them dipict the intensity of what it was like to be an African American child in school. The schools that black children learned in were much different from the schools that the white chlidren attended.

Key figures of the integration movement are in some of the thought provoking photographs along with other arenas needing to be integrated.

The pictures are very alive and seem to jump off the pages and into your mind.

The Words

The dialog and thoughts of those in the photographs are fiction.

The words reveal lack of understanding, lack of new things, does anyone know why, contentment, fear, loneliness, intimidation, belief, and hope.

The words ask the questions that children who don't really understand what is going on would ask.

The words share elements of the history of integration in schools, such as how the Supreme Court changed the law on May 17, 1954.

The words appeal to the heart of humanity and encourages the minds of many.

It is a book of light shining through darkness. The journey from segregation to integration was a dark era in the United States. There was so much exposed hatred traveling through people. It was a time when people stood up and showed the world their true colors.

But, I believe that it needed to happen. Light will always expose darkness. Love will always overcome hate. Integration made America an easier place to live in.

However, hatred still raises its head in many forms and I hear the lack of understanding from children. Children of all colors from all backgrounds now go to school together and play together, comfortably and happily.

When will the adults listen?

I encourage people of all ages and all colors, both male and female to read this book.


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    • sybol profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Wow, I agree,

      Thank you

    • kidscrafts profile image


      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      How strange... before I saw your hub, I was listening to an interview with Toni Morrison! Thank you for adding a video to you hub! Very well done! Great pictures in the background of the video! Some people have still a lot of things to learn...we shouldn't try to see the differences but more we have in common .... we are all human!

      Anything can happen as the kids say!

      Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

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      Treathyl FOX 

      5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Toni Morrison is an excellent writer. Which nobody can deny. Thumbs Up for this HUB.


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