Coming Up: a boy's adventures in 1940s colorado springs
COMING UP A Boy’s Adventures in 1940s Colorado Springs by Lucy Bell with watercolor illustrations by Linda Martin, published by Ambient Light Publishers, 2018, is available on Amazon.com. 100 pages. $11.99. In Colorado Springs, it can be purchased at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Shop, the African-American Historical and Genealogical Society Museum, Poor Richard’s Bookstore and Hooked on Books bookstore.
This book features true stories from the boyhood of Oliver Bell, who was born in ColoradovSprings in 1933. The five chapters progress through the years, 1941-1945. Full of humor and adventure, the book also gives an accurate picture of what life was like in the black community at the time.
Each chapter features a history segment from the African American community of Colorado
Springs, and includes:
The Sachs scholarship for black students at Colorado College.
Saint Francis hospital as a tuberculosis treatment center.
Segregation of public facilities in Colorado Springs; when and how that ended.
The history of black churches.
How job opportunities for blacks spiraled downward after the death of founder General
Palmer who had championed equal rights for all citizens.
The book is addressed to young people ages 10-14, but will be enjoyed by anyone interested in this particular chapter of Colorado Springs history.
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Molly and The Cat Who Stole Her Tongue
Eight-year-old Molly can communicate with animals, but she hasn't spoken since her parents were killed in an accident, forcing her to live with her bossy Aunt Wilma. Her classmates bully her, chanting, "Cat's got your tongue!" Molly recruits Tony, a wise black Lab, and Rusty, a rambunctious cocker spaniel, to help her track down the tongue-stealing Cat. She gets her tongue back in a surprising way and just in time to save her town from catastrophe.