Sources of Light
Sources of Light
Sources of Light
Margaret McMullan
It's 1962, a year after the death of Sam's father--he was a war hero--and Sam and her mother must move, along with their very liberal views, to Jackson, Mississippi, her father's conservative hometown. Needless to say, they don't quite fit in.     People like the McLemores fear that Sam, her mother, and her mother's artist friend, Perry, are in the South to "agitate" and to shake up the dividing lines between black and white and blur it all to grey. As racial injustices ensue--sit-ins and run-ins with secret white supremacists--Sam learns to focus with her camera lens to bring forth the social injustice out of the darkness and into the light.

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  • Historical Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Sources of Light tells a story about a teenage girl back when there where different laws about different races and when black ppeople didn't fit in. Sam goes to Jackson, Mississippi to find a better life with her mom.She is not the most popular girl around, but she has two friends, Stone and Ears, to back her up. Just when everything seems like it's going well, Sam's life takes another turn. As Sam moves on with her life she tells her past to many people along with the lessons she learned through photography.

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