Follow Chester! : a college football team fights racism and makes history /

by Respress-Churchwell, Gloria [author.]; Freeman, Laura (Illustrator) [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2019]Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9781580898355; 1580898351.Subject(s): Pierce, Chester M. -- Juvenile literature | Harvard University -- Football -- History -- Juvenile literature | Football players -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Psychiatrists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | College sports -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature | College sports -- Social aspects -- United States -- Juvenile literature | Racism in sports -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literature | Discrimination in sports -- United States -- History -- Juvenile literatureSummary: "A little known civil rights hero and college football MVP finally gets a voice in this fictional account detailing Chester Pierce's game-changing play as he became the first black college football player to compete south of the Mason-Dixon Line. In 1947, no African American player can play at a southern school; in return, the opposing team benches a player of "equal talent." This historical fiction picture book frames a turbulent time in the civil rights era with the clever use of a football play to show race relations and teamwork. Inspired by a true story, capturing a historic defense against the Jim Crow laws of the South."--Amazon.com
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In 1947, no African American player can play at a southern school; in return, the opposing team benches a player of "equal talent." This historical fiction picture book frames a turbulent time in the civil rights era with the clever use of a football play to show race relations and teamwork. Inspired by a true story, capturing a historic defense against the Jim Crow laws of the South.

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"A little known civil rights hero and college football MVP finally gets a voice in this fictional account detailing Chester Pierce's game-changing play as he became the first black college football player to compete south of the Mason-Dixon Line. In 1947, no African American player can play at a southern school; in return, the opposing team benches a player of "equal talent." This historical fiction picture book frames a turbulent time in the civil rights era with the clever use of a football play to show race relations and teamwork. Inspired by a true story, capturing a historic defense against the Jim Crow laws of the South."--Amazon.com

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Chester played varsity football at Harvard. His team was scheduled to play the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was 1947, and colleges in the South didn't allow black students. Jim Crow laws kept black and white people separate. The UVA coaches thought Harvard wouldn't bring Chester.  But Jackie Robinson had just broken the color barrier to become the first black person on a major league baseball team. Harvard knew that the United States was slowly changing.  Chester's coach pulled him aside and said, "Get ready. You're going with us to UVA. You deserve to play." Excerpted from Follow Chester!: A College Football Team Fights Racism and Makes History by Gloria Respress-Churchwell, Laura Freeman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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