I just finished up this book 2 days ago and I was very touched by it. I cried at the end, not from sadness, but the good way that it made me feel in the end. I was born in 1960 in the south, where I still live, and remember very well the white/"colored" segregation in all aspects of southern life, Separate bathrooms, water fountains, etc and I remember the civil rights movement very well. I think she touched on so much of what was going on then, and the fear that black people had to make a stand and the courage it took to do so. I applaud her work. Someone had to get this out. It is a VERY good book. It made me laugh, cry, and think, and rethink about things I already felt and the injustices of that time.