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Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend

A Civil Rights Story

By Calvin A. Ramsey

A true story inspires the moving tale of a mule that played a key role in the civil rights movement-- and a young boy who sees history anew.

Sitting on a bench waiting for his mother, Alex spies a mule chomping on greens in someone's garden, and he can't help but ask about it.""Ol Belle?" says Miz Pettway next to him. "She can have all the collards she wants. She's earned it." And so begins the tale of a simple mule in Gee's Bend, Alabama, who played a singular part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. When African-Americans in a poor community-- inspired by a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-- defied local authorities who were trying to stop them from registering to vote, many got around a long detour on mule-drawn wagons. Later, after Dr. King's assassination, two mules from Gee's Bend pulled the farm wagon bearing his casket through the streets of Atlanta. As Alex looks into the eyes of gentle Belle, he begins to understand a powerful time in history in a very personal way.

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Publish Date

2011

ISBN

9780763640583


Format: Book
Author: Ramsey, Calvin A.
Summary: In Gee's Bend, Alabama, Miz Pettway tells young Alex about the historic role her mule played in the struggle for civil rights led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes factual information about the community of Gee's Bend and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Title: Belle, the last mule at Gee's Bend : a civil rights story / by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud ; illustrated by John Holyfield.
Publisher Date: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.
Subject: King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 -- Juvenile fiction. Mules -- Juvenile fiction. Civil rights movements -- Juvenile fiction. African Americans -- Juvenile fiction Alabama -- History -- 1951- -- Juvenile fiction.
Isbn: 9780763640583
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 18
System Items Total: 21
Call Number: P Ramsey
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Format: Book
Author: Ramsey, Calvin A.
Summary: In Gee's Bend, Alabama, Miz Pettway tells young Alex about the historic role her mule played in the struggle for civil rights led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Includes factual information about the community of Gee's Bend and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Title: Belle, the last mule at Gee's Bend : a civil rights story / by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Bettye Stroud ; illustrated by John Holyfield.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm.
Subjects: King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Mules -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Civil rights movements -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
Subjects: Alabama -- History -- 1951- -- Juvenile fiction.
Other Author: Stroud, Bettye, 1938-
Other Author: Holyfield, John, ill.
LCCN: 2010048132
ISBN: 9780763640583
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Available Copies: 18
Total Copies: 21
Call Number: P Ramsey