Episode 42: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

It’s the 1930’s in rural Mississippi, and nine-year-old Cassie Logan is learning to face the realities of racism. She has her brothers — Stacey, Christopher John, and Little Man — to help her find her way, and a host of strong-minded adults to guide her in figuring out the best way to approach the tensions and prejudice she faces. This is the set-up for Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and we’re talking all about it on Episode 42. You’ll hear conversations about family legacy, pride, annoying friends, institutional racism, the opportunity gap, The Hate U Give, and so much more.

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory


“What’s the Most Terrifying Book You’ve Ever Read?” (The New York Times, 2014)

“A Second Look: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” (The Horn Book, 2016)

“28 Days of Literary Blackness With VSB | Day 9: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor” (Very Smart Brothas, 2019)

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