No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Carolrhoda LAB, 2012
1. Lewis Michaux believed that books change lives. What are ways you can see this exemplified in the narrative?
2. This is a work of documentary fiction—much of it is based on fact, but the author had to take artistic license as well. How does it differ from a straightforward work of non-fiction? What are some of the ways the book as a whole succeeds in giving you both facts about Lewis Michaux and a deeper understanding of who he was and what he believed?
3. A number of factors led to the closing of Michaux’s bookstore in the 1970s, from racism to economics to politics. What do you think was the biggest reason the store had to close? What did the community lose as a result?
Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver. The University of Alabama Press, 2012
1. What were some of the pivotal events throughout her childhood that gave the author deeper insight into the struggle for civil rights?
2. The author talks about knowing from the time she was young that she did not fit on either side of the racial divide, but as she gets older she finds that she connects more with Black kids than white kids. Why do you think this was the case?
3. In what ways does the title connect to the story the author tells?
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