The true story of how a 1963 ride on a carousel in Maryland made a powerful Civil Rights statement.
A Ride to Remember tells how a community came together—both black and white—to make a change. When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were not allowed entry. This book reveals how in the summer of 1963, due to demonstrations and public protests, the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time. Co-author Sharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride the carousel. This was on the same day of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Langley's ride to remember demonstrated the possibilities of King's dream. This book includes photos of Sharon on the carousel, authors' notes, a timeline, and a bibliography. "Delivers a beautiful and tender message about equality from the very first page." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review "Cooper's richly textured illustrations evoke sepia photographs' dreamlike combination of distance and immediacy, complementing the aura of reminiscence that permeates Langley and Nathan's narrative." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "A solid addition to U.S. history collections for its subject matter and its first-person historical narrative." —School Library Journal