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Cynthia Levinson


Cynthia Levinson

Cynthia Levinson is the author of numerous nonfiction articles and short stories for young people. She also conducts writing workshops and presentations both for children and for adults looking to write for children. Her first full-length book, WE’VE GOT A JOB: THE 1963 BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN’S MARCH, is a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award. It tells the amazing story of the 4,000 black children who participated in organized non-violent protests in Birmingham, Alabama, when many of the adults of the city were too poorly organized or committed to do so.

Cynthia Levinson

Books by Cynthia Levinson

by Cynthia Levinson and Vanessa Brantley Newton - Biography, Children's 5-9, History, Nonfiction

Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else. So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher’s words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan --- picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails! --- she stepped right up and said, I’ll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il!

by Cynthia Levinson - Culture, Nonfiction

The author of WE’VE GOT A JOB explores the world of social circus-a movement that brings kids from different worlds together to perform remarkable acts on a professional level.  As the kids' relationships evolve over time, the members learn how to overcome assumptions, animosity and obstacles both physical and personal.

by Cynthia Levinson - History, Nonfiction

WE'VE GOT A JOB tells the little-known story of the 4,000 black elementary-, middle-, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail in Birmingham, Alabama, between May 2 and May 11, 1963. Fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi's and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s precept to fill the jails, they succeeded where adults had failed in desegregating one of the most racially violent cities in America