Nouveau! This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight For School Equality
In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, Jo Ann Allen broke the color barrier in Tennessee. Read her remarkable true story.
Emotionally Stirring Verse Memoir, Honoring the Courage of Civil Rights Heroes and Heroines, Discussions About Racism, Hard-Hitting History
Topics and Themes:
School Desegregation, African Americans, The Clinton Twelve, Courage, Life in the Spotlight, Racial Prejudice, Inequality, Civil Rights Movement, Social Justice
Recipient of a Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor
Winner of the 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction
A NYPL Top Ten of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
In 1956, Jo Ann Allen was one of 12 courageous African American students who integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first, things went smoothly for the Clinton Twelve, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another.
Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school. Jo Ann―clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both Black and white students―found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen?
This is the heartbreaking true story of the four months that thrust Jo Ann Allen into the national spotlight and secured her place as a trailblazer in civil rights history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring back matter with archival materials, this carefully researched verse memoir includes fascinating notes from the authors on their writing process.