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March With Me

This excerpt comes from March with Me, a novel written by Rosalie T. Turner and published in 2012. Please be aware this text contains language that may be uncomfortable for students. 
Author
Rosalie T. Turner
Grade Level

Source
www.rosalieturner.com. MARCH WITH ME won the USA Best Book finalist award for Multicultural Fiction and the IndieFab Best Book award for Historical Fiction.
Text Dependent Questions
Question
Letitia and Mae marched with hundreds of other young people in the story. According to Mae, why did some people decide not to march?
Answer
They couldn’t march because they worked for white people. Marching might cause them to lose their jobs.
Question
Reread the paragraph that begins, “Rev. Bevel stands before us.” Describe how Letitia feels about Bevel.
Answer
She says she loves him and the way he talks to her and the others at their church. She considers him a leader and mentor and thinks he does a good job making them feel like an important group that can accomplish things.
Question
What is Mae and Letitia’s group’s goal for the march?
Answer
Their goal is to march to Woolworth’s and sit at the lunch counter.
Question
What happens when Mae and Letitia’s group gets to Woolworth’s?
Answer
There are men in front of the door who say it is closed and tell them to leave. Since they can’t go inside, they march in a circle in front of the store with signs that talk about ending segregation.
Question
Compare how Mae and Letitia feel about what they did and how Bevel feels.
Answer
They feel like they didn’t accomplish anything because they didn’t make it inside Woolworth’s, but Bevel feels happy and proud of them because reporters came and took their picture while they were outside of the store, and now the rest of the country will see.
Question
What strategies were planned or used by the nonviolent protesters?
Answer
If stopped by the police, kneeling down and praying; singing; marching; holding signs; picketing; going to jail; getting media attention.
Question
Letitia begins to worry that she and her friend Mae “didn’t do a thing to help the Movement.” Why did she first think that and how did her attitude change?
Answer
At first she felt that way because they didn’t go to jail like the other protesters. But Bevel explains that the girls made a big impact because they got the media’s attention by protesting at Woolworth’s.