an inclination to want things
He’s just like me, lost the
work together on a common enterprise of project
Remember how Joe’d just walk around the ring waving that left fist like a threat, he just couldn’t throw it, he just couldn’t pull the trigger no more, his mind told him to do it but his body wouldn’t
marked by skill in deception
“Well, there ain’t too many animals
wilier or tougher than a old coon."
have a wish or desire to know something
wondered what she’s doing.
lacking civility or good manners
Momma was being kind of
rude, she interrupted and said, “Awww, Momma, good friends?"
censure severely or angrily
Even though she only told Momma that Mr. Robert was her friend it seemed like I heard her also give my mother a real good
the right to enter
walk through relatively shallow water
The second warning came when I decided to
wade in the water and the knots wouldn’t come out of my tennis shoe laces and I had to pull and tug the shoes off with the laces still tied.
poked his head out of the door, still in his underpants and still doing his morning scratches.
a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides
All the hair on my head jumped up to
reproduce someone's behavior or looks
imitating Momma so much that she didn’t say “Bernard,” she said “Buh-Nod.”
having reached full natural growth or development
I was getting too
mature to play with toys anymore.
a floor covering
Byron let me sniff and wipe my hand across my eyes before he slid my head back onto the
linoleum and stood up.
of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals
South was caught up in a struggle for basic human rights that became known as the
civil rights movement.
make revisions to
Although the Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal and the Constitution had been
amended after the Civil War to extend the rights and protections of citizenship to African Americans, changing the law of the land did not always change the way people behaved.
spreading or spread throughout
In the Northern, Eastern and Western states, African Americans often faced discrimination, but it was not as extreme and
pervasive as in the South.
a social system with separate facilities for minority groups
There communities and states passed laws that allowed discrimination in schooling, housing and job opportunities; prohibited interracial marriages; and enforced
segregation by creating separate facilities for African Americans and whites.
stop from doing something or being in a certain state
Rigged laws and “tests”
prevented African Americans from voting.
take up and practice as one's own
adopted many of the techniques that Mohandas Gandhi had used to liberate India from British rule.
refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization
boycotts of stores and public transportation applied economic pressure.
provide the needed stimulus for
The goal was to create tension and
provoke confrontations that would force the federal government to step in and enforce the laws.
take something away as by lifting, pushing, or taking off
Addie Mae Collins’s sister, Sarah, had to have an eye
removed, and another girl was blinded.
impossible to dismiss from the mind
On August 28, 1963, two hundred thousand people marched on Washington, D.C., to pressure Congress to pass the Civil Rights Bill, and heard Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his
unforgettable “I have a dream” speech.
serve as the inciting cause of
It was a peoples movement,
inspired by the courageous acts of ordinary citizens like Rosa Parks, the seamstress from Montgomery, Alabama, who began the first great effort of the movement—the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56—when she refused to give up her seat to a white man.
the act of searching for something
They did it in the name of the movement, in the
quest for freedom.