The Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Struggle Was Never Black and White

Two families in Houston, Texas, 1968, struggle through civil rights issues that permeate their communities. Larry and his family are black, and suffer false accusations, a targeted hit-and-run-accident and humiliations of segregation. Jack and his family struggle through changing perceptions and fear of job loss when he does honest reporting on the police brutality. The two men are friends and despite community backlash, intentionally bring their families together because “Men of conscience have got to join together…or nothing is going to change.”

Based on author Mark Long‘s experience growing up, The Silence of Our Friends highlights the reactions of children while their parents search out equality. Written by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos with art by Nate Powell, this book is a must-read for civil rights history and social change.

This book is found in the adult section of your library or bookstore and does have some  language and adult themes that reflect this, however, it is incidental to the story. I highly recommend the book.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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