A Ride to Remember

A Civil Rights Story



ISBN: 9781419736858 Categories: ,

Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan


The true story of how a ride on a carousel made a powerful Civil Rights statementA Ride to Remembertells how a community came together-both black and white-to make a change. When Sharon Langley was born in the early 1960s, many amusement parks were segregated, and African-American families were not allowed entry. This book reveals how in the summer of 1963, due to demonstrations and public protests, the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Maryland became desegregated and opened to all for the first time.Co-authorSharon Langley was the first African-American child to ride the carousel. This was on the same day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Langley’s ride to remember demonstrated the possibilities of King’s dream. This book includes photos of Sharon on the carousel, authors’ notes, a timeline, and a bibliography.

Additional information

Weight 536 g
Dimensions 23.1 x 28.7 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 7 January 2020
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Dimensions 23.1 x 28.7 cm
Weight 536 g


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Sharon Langley became known around the country in 1963 as the first African-American to ride the carousel at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. She lives in Los Angeles. Amy Nathan is an award-winning author. Her awards and honors include a Clarion Award and a Washington Post Book of the Week. She lives in Westchester County, New York. Floyd Cooper has won the Coretta Scott King Award and Honor multiple times. He was twice nominated for the NAACP Image Award and has received numerous other awards including the Bank Street College Book of the Year Honor. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.