Let Them Play

2:02 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Let Them Play Edition 1. (True Story) by Margot Theis Raven (Author), Chris Ellison (Illustrator); Sleeping Bear Press, 2005

Ages 6-12

In 1955, there was one all black chapter of Little League teams in Charleston, SC. After the coaches selected a 14-member all-star squad in hopes of playing in the state's annual tournament, all of the white teams in the region withdrew rather than play a black team. The 14 member all-star squad, the Charleston Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars, won the state title by default. They were invited to Williamsport, PA to attend the World Series game to watch--not play. After all, they had not offically 'played' and won their state's tournament. Ellison's paintings bring forth the emotion of segregated South Carolina, 1955 and Margot Theis Raven recounts this true story of America's civil rights history.
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