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Set in the Summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close knit “All American Family” made up of Daniel and Wilona Watson and their three kids, 15 year-old juvenile delinquent Byron, nerdy 11 year-old Kenny and eight year-old adorable sister Joetta. When Byron’s antics go over the top, his parents realize enough is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands no nonsense approach in Birmingham, Alabama. So the Watsons load up the 1948 Plymouth Brown Bomber outfitted with a true tone Ultra-Glide turntable and head South with plenty of comedy en route. When they finally make it to Birmingham, they meet Grandma Sands and her friend, Mr. Robert, who show them around town, and the Watsons discover that life is very different there than in Flint - and not necessarily for the better. During that historic summer, the Watsons find themselves caught up in something far bigger than Byron’s antics. Something that will change their lives and country forever.  Based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis

#TheWatsonsGoToBirmingham should have been a big screen movie instead of #TheButler or #TheHelp there, I said it

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September 21, 2013

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Trailer for The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Set in the Summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close knit “All American Family” made up of Daniel and Wilona Watson (Harris and Rose) and their three kids, 15 year-old juvenile delinquent Byron (Knight), nerdy 11 year-old Kenny (Jenkins) and eight year-old adorable sister Joetta (Jackson). When Byron’s antics go over the top, his parents realize enough is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands (Richardson) no nonsense approach in Birmingham, Alabama. So the Watsons load up the 1948 Plymouth Brown Bomber outfitted with a true tone Ultra-Glide turntable and head South with plenty of comedy en route. When they finally make it to Birmingham, they meet Grandma Sands and her friend, Mr. Robert (Grier), who show them around town, and the Watsons discover that life is very different there than in Flint - and not necessarily for the better. During that historic summer, the Watsons find themselves caught up in something far bigger than Byron’s antics. Something that will change their lives and country forever.

everybodyreads-deactivated20141 asked:

I really love 'The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963' by Christopher Paul Curtis, it's a lovley book and I want to know some books that are similar to it? Thanks.

It is a lovely book! My mom used to teach it during one of her units! Here are some books I think you may enjoy: 

1. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor 

2. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis 

3. Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine 

4. Incognegro by Mat Johnson 

5. The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton

Thanks so much for the question! 

What I Read at University — The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

Then there was a sound like a far-off thunderstorm coming. Except it only thundered one long time.

It seemed like everything that was alive stopped whatever it was doing and was wondering the same thing: What was that noise?”

—Christopher Paul Curtis

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The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963: The Featurette

I read this in 8th grade!!!!! The have Skai Jackson playing Joetta!

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28 Day Black Character Challenge
Day Twenty-Five: Favorite parent/child and/or sibling relationship - Kenny and Byron Watson from The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
These two are not of the loving brothers variety, but what’s great is that they ARE brothers. Even with the most antagonistic sibling relationships, there’s still an element of care and affection. You can tell while Kenny isn’t his brother’s biggest fan, he still looks up to the guy. And on more than one occasion, By sticks for the kid or tries to help him. Like when Kenny’s getting picked on by this douchey kid, By gives the little shithead hell, and tries to let Kenny do the same. If you haven’t read the book, look it up! It’s great stuff!

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First Look: "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" starring Anika Noni Rose, Wood Harris, & Pauletta Washington

Loved it as a book and I hope to love it the same as a movie… 

Directed by Kenny Leon, The Hallmark Channel presents “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” starring Anika Noni RoseDavid Alan GrierSkai JacksonLaTanya RichardsonWood HarrisBryce JenkinsHarrison Knight and Pauletta Washington.

Co-produced by Tonya Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” is adapted from author Christopher Paul Curtis’ 1995 novel which centers in on an African American family from Flint, Michigan who visit their grandmother’s home in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 during the turbulent time of The Civil Rights Movement

I remember reading this in grade school so I’m glad they’re making this a film.  Expect to watch this movie on The Hallmark Channel on September 20th at 8PM EST | 7PM CT.  Read the synopsis and view exclusive photos from the film below!

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Anyone a fan of these following books:

Anything by Cornelia Funke (the “Inkworld” trilogy, “The Thief Lord”, “Dragon Rider”, etc.) 

“The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963" 

Johnny Tremain

"Number The Stars” by Lois Lowry

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Borrowers

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

You Tumblr kids always reposting every little thing that the likes of Tyler The Creator, that softy Drake and/or Beyonce and the rest spew out but how come I ain’t never seen nary a word from any of youse about this book you all allegedly read in school, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, until today?
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The Watsons Go To Birmingham, 1963

The last chapter of this book is so wonderful and healing in the aftermath of Charleston.

“Maybe it was because I hadn’t looked in the mirror for a long time, but as soon as I saw myself with my lazy eye still being lazy and my face looking so sad I slammed my eyes shut and started crying. I even fell off the toilet. Byron caught me and set me on the floor.

He knew this was some real embarrassing stuff so he closed the bathroom door and sat on the tub and waited for me to stop, but I couldn’t. I felt like someone had pulled a plug on me and every tear inside was rushing out, if there was a forest fire somewhere all Smokey the Bear would have to do was hold me upside down over it and the fire wouldn’t have a chance.

Byron sat next to me on the floor and put my head in his lap. I still couldn’t stop, even though I was soaking him worse than Joey ever drooled on anybody. It was real embarrassing. “I’m sorry, By.” “Shut up and cry if you want.” That sounded like a real good idea so I did. I think I cried for about two hundred hours.

“Why would they do that, Byron?” I was sounding real bad. My throat was jumping around in my neck and making a bunch of weird noises. “Why would they hurt some little kids like that?”

He waited a long time before he answered, “I don’t know, Kenny. Momma and Dad say they can’t help themselves, they did it because they’re sick, but I don’t know. I ain’t never heard of no sickness that makes you kill little girls just because you don’t want them in your school. I don’t think they’re sick at all, I think they just let hate eat them up and turn them into monsters. But it’s O.K. now, they can’t hurt you here. It’s all right.”