Sharing Black Stories: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Sharing Black Stories: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, originally published in 1976, was one of the few books that I remember from my childhood. I read a lot, but this is one of the books that I was constantly reading and rereading. Something drew me to the Logans. It could have been the danger they faced by the white racists around them. Or perhaps the bond of the family. Maybe it was seeing the good rise up against the evil. Whatever the reason, I am glad I became hooked on this book.

Taylor’s story made me who I am today. It opened my eyes to a history I had not known as a ten year old girl in the 90’s. My eyes were opened to the dangers faced by the Black community, although at the time, I felt it was all in the past and we had moved forward to a more accepting and kind world.

I am currently listening to the audiobook and noticing so many new things I missed from the last time I read. It also makes me want to read the entire Logans series. There are more books in the series, and I own them so I suppose I had read them at some point, but I don’t remember them like I remember this one.

You can buy a copy of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry at Bookshop.org.

What is a Black story you remember reading as a child? Or maybe a story that changed you?

I am a middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.

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