The Colors of Us by Mrs. Lawson's Class
When we learned about Martin Luther King, Jr., we learned that people used to be separated by the color of their skin. We were called "blacks and whites" back then. We know that's silly. Just look at us. We have peachy skin, light yellowish skin, spotty skin, pink skin, chocolate brown skin, barely tanned skin, and very tanned skin. We are all sorts of colors.
Back then, people with brown skin couldn't go to school with people with peach skin. If you had skin the color of marshmallows, you couldn't be friends with people who had skin the color of chocolate. How silly! Just think how good chocolate and marshmallows taste together.
Things are better now. Just look at us. We are one delicious class.
All art and words are original works created in the regular classroom by the citizens of Lawsonland, January 2009. This book was written as a response to our studies about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Further reading:
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
The Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges