Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963by Sharon Robinson
- Item #15V5 in Voices Winter/Spring
- Grades: 5 - 7
- Ages: 10 - 13
This inspiring memoir, written by the daughter of an African American baseball legend, tells the story of one girl finding her voice in the fight for justice and equality.
Learning About Civil Rights History, Inspiring Coming-of-Age Memoir, Modeling Courage and Conviction
Topics and Themes:
Civil Rights, Segregation, Baseball, Jackie Robinson, Family, Social Privilege vs. Social Responsibility, Protest Marches, Justice and Equality, Identity, Search for Meaning
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As the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Sharon has opportunities that most people would never dream of. Her family hosts multiple fund-raisers at their home in Connecticut for the work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is doing. At her first concert, Sharon is allowed backstage at the world-famous Apollo Theater, and her whole family attends the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
But things don’t always feel easy for Sharon. She is one of the only black children in her wealthy Connecticut neighborhood, and her older brother, Jackie Robinson Jr., is having a hard time trying to live up to his father’s famous name and is causing some rifts in the family. In the midst of it all, Sharon feels isolated from what’s happening all over the country. What is her role in the civil rights movement that her own father helped to inspire?