The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a thirteen-month mass protest that was sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955. The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA), with Dr. Martin Luther King as president, coordinated the boycott to take place on Dec. 5, 1955. It was his first role as a civil rights leader. This would be an important day for ten-year-old Charles Patterson Everett IV (Peter), who doesn’t quite understand all the talk about boycotts. He eventually gains an understanding of the meaning of it all after hearing Dr. King speak, learning a valuable lesson that would stick with him for a lifetime.
Yolanda L. Everett is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She is a mother, a daughter, a sister, an educator, a singer, a songwriter, and a friend to many. Her book about the experiences of her father, Charles Everett, with the Montgomery Bus Boycott when he was a child reflects the unity and strength that African Americans demonstrated during the Civil Rights Movement. “We need that same unity and strength in our communities today now more than ever before,” she says. “The legacy left behind from those who fought for our rights will live on forever. I want my daughter to know about that legacy, and I want her to understand the African American experience.” Yolanda and her daughter Daija Duncan live in Atlanta, Georgia, where Yolanda has been a teacher for twenty-one years.
I think the book is exceptional. The back story behind the book is amazing, plus you add the facts to back it up. As a African American new writer I look up to Yolanda for putting something not popular but necessary for today.