Summer of 1969

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Summer of 1969: The Story of Cozett Juanita Gambrel

by Juanita G. Floyd and Sara W. Berry


This inspiring book tells the story of Cozett Juanita Gambrel Floyd as her mother insightfully prepared her to enter into a new school during desegregation in 1969. Juanita’s true story is written as a delightful poem penned by Sara Berry and also contains words of wisdom from Juanita herself. It is full of beautiful original illustrations by Tracy Applewhite. The timely release of this book will positively impact scores of school children today, and reminds us all that lessons from the past can carry us through to peace and dignity today.


“It was the summer of 1969, and things were about to change in the life of
Cozett Juanita Gambrel. Integration of public schools had begun, and she
would be the only black child in her new class. Her wise mother spent the
summer laying the foundation of strength and love which would be needed
to face the changes. “Bring forth the heart of a child, dear Lord,” her mother
prayed each night, for she knew the pure heart of a child did not see race but
only love and friendship. This endearing story is based on the real life account
of Juanita Gambrel Floyd. The lessons contained within these pages are for
all people, no matter the race, no matter the age.”


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