Today’s book is one that is really important to me and I would implore everyone to read: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It takes place in the Deep South, and the main character is a girl named Cassie. Her family is one of the very few Black families in and around her town who own the land they live on.
The first time I read this book, I was in sixth grade. Back then, I don’t think I fully recognized the brutal truths and realities Cassie and her family, friends, and neighbors were faced with, outside of a basic sense of “these white people are treating Black people really badly,” but I knew this book was important.
My copy of ROT, HMC is well-worn and still has a place on my bookshelves, but it’s been years since I’ve read it. My perceptions of privilege and race have changed a lot since I was in elementary school, so I think it may be time for a reread soon.
ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor
Why is the land so important to Cassie’s family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she’s black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family’s lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.