One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is the first book in a trilogy about the Gaither sisters: Delphine, Vonettam, and Fern as they grow up during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. They leave their loving father and grandmother in Brooklyn and travel to Oakland, California to spend a month with the mother they've never known. They wind up with an education about the Black Panther Party, racism, unjust arrests, and the power of community coming together to fight injustice.
There are many allusions present in the book, One Crazy Summer, that plunge the reader into the culture of 1968. Identify different real people, places, events, literature or entertainment from the book and illustrate and describe each in a spider map!
THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY
All Power to All of the People
Power to thePeople
THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW AND JET MAGAZINE
DRY YOUR EYES BY BRENDA AND THE TABULATIONS
The Black Panthers was founded in 1966 in Oakland, CA by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale as a reaction to police brutality and systemic racism. It aimed to develop new forms of politics to address poverty and racism. They were also known for militant resistance.
Justice for All!
The Mike Douglas Show was a variety show in the 1960s that invited Black entertainers to perform at a time when Black people were underrepresented in media. Jet was a magazine that ran from 1951-2014 and focused on news, culture, and entertainment related to the African American community.
The Gaither sisters love to sing along to Dry Your Eyes by Brenda and the Tabulations, which was a popular song played on the radio in the late 1960s. For the girls, it was a song about their mother leaving and it held special meaning for them.
Dry your eyesThere's no need to cryI'm so sorry butBye bye, so longMother's gotta go nowLa la la la la la