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PICK OF THE WEEK

PICK OF THE WEEK!

For the week of October 23, 2017

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

 By Chris Barton

Reading Level: 2nd – 4th   

 

        John Roy Lynch was born in 1847 in Louisiana.  His father was an overseer on a plantation, and his mother was a slave.  John served as a slave until the age of sixteen.

        When the Civil War ended, John found a variety of jobs and pursued an education, even if it meant sitting outside the window of a white school and learning through an open window.  Soon, John became involved in politics and was able to by some land of his own.  In only ten years, John went from slave to a representative in Washington D.C.!

        John spent his entire life fighting for the rights of black people to be treated equally with white people.  He accomplished great things in his life, but the fight for equality rages on.

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