Goin' Someplace Special

There’s a place in 1950s Nashville where all are welcome, no matter what their skin color, a place ‘Tricia Ann fondly refers to as “someplace special” for its prominent sign on the door that declares “all are welcome.” That place is the library. ‘Tricia Ann knows exactly how to get there and is eager to navigate the way to her favorite place alone for the first time. 

When her grandmother approves, declaring that ‘Tricia Ann is ready, she reminds her that no matter what to hold her head high. ‘Tricia Ann hurries to catch the bus heading downtown, where she must sit in the back behind the Jim Crow sign. When passing through the park adjacent from Peace Fountain, (a structure her grandfather helped build as a stonemason) ‘Tricia Ann attempts to rest on a bench before reading yet another sign reading “whites only.” 

For each hurtful sign and comment she encounters, there’s thankfully a friend around the corner to remind ’Tricia Ann that she’s not alone. She recalls her grandmother’s words—"You are somebody, a human being—no better, no worse than anybody else in this world”—which continues to drive her forward. This book is fiction, but based on author, Patricia McKissack’s own experiences growing up in the South. A must read!

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