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Book Title: Now is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom|
The author of the book: Walter Dean Myers
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: November 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780060243715
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Myers, W (1991). Now is Your Time!: The African- American Struggle for Freedom. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
Now is Your Time! is a 1992 honor book that is based on the struggle for African American freedom. The history of African American struggle is outlined in this book by explaining the history of colored people all the way back to the Civil War and slavery in the 1800’s. The book continues on the history of African Americans in the United States by highlighting cases such as Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Education. African American history is brought to life throughout the compelling personal stories of Ida B. Wells and Civil Rights activists. The story concludes with Meyers explaining that although their rights have greatly improved, African Americans must know where they have been before they can successfully move forward. The historical parts of this book are very accurate and detailed. The story goes in chronological order which helps students comprehend the timeline of African American lives throughout history. The only critique I have for this book is that at times it may seem biased or blaming to other cultures. In the classroom this book would be great to use in a diversity and historical unit.
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.
After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empire State College. He wrote full time after 1977.
Walter wrote from childhood, first finding success in 1969 when he won the Council on Interracial Books for Children contest, which resulted in the publication of his first book for children, Where Does the Day Go?, by Parent's Magazine Press. He published over seventy books for children and young adults. He received many awards for his work in this field including the Coretta Scott King Award, five times. Two of his books were awarded Newbery Honors. He was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award and the Virginia Hamilton Award. For one of his books, Monster, he received the first Michael Printz Award for Young Adult literature awarded by the American Library Association. Monster and Autobiography of My Dead Brother were selected as National Book Award Finalists.
In addition to the publication of his books, Walter contributed to educational and literary publications. He visited schools to speak to children, teachers, librarians, and parents. For three years he led a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Walter Dean Myers was married, had three grown children and lived in Jersey City, New Jersey. He died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.