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Meet “Watsons” Author Christopher Paul Curtis

September 16, 2013

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  [Below is a letter Christopher Paul Curtis wrote for inclusion in the movie tie-in edition of The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963.] Dear Reader, The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963 was my first novel, and its impact has been greater than I ever imagined. Millions of children have enjoyed it. And...

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Dear “Watsons” Readers…

September 19, 2013

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Tonya Lewis Lee is the executive producer and screenwriter of The Watsons Go to Birmingham. She wrote this letter for inclusion in the movie tie-in edition of The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. I first encountered The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 when I was looking for a book to read to...

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Childhood Recollections of the Civil Rights Movement

September 19, 2013

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LaTanya Richardson Jackson plays Grandma Sands in The Watsons Go to Birmingham. In this personal essay, she shares her recollections of childhood in the midst of the Civil Rights movement.  Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia put me smack in the middle of the Civil Rights movement. My aunt, Doris J. Rogers,...

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Movie Theaters in the 1960s

September 19, 2013

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Harrison Knight plays Byron Watson in The Watsons Go to Birmingham. In this personal essay, he reflects on the simple pleasure of going to a movie, and how it once wasn't so simple.  All of my life, I have enjoyed movies.  I enjoyed watching movies on TV, watching movies via the...

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Sometimes You Have to Sit Down to Stand Tall

September 19, 2013

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Bryce Clyde Jenkins plays Kenny Watson in The Watsons Go to Birmingham. In this personal essay, he recalls his grandmother's experiences growing up in the segregated south.  Hello, my name is Bryce Clyde Jenkins and I play Kenny in The Watsons Go To Birmingham. This is a special year as it...

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