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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

— HuskybroJonasGrumby (@HuskyBro_Inc)

September 21, 2013

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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 (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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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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The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963: The Featurette

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

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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I came to tumblr tonight to quit and delete but I was overwhelmed by a vision/flashback of reading The Watsons go to Birmingham. It wasn’t till I read that in 6th grade that I understood how painful and real racism was. I didn’t understand that it was more than just a little kid seeing a little black girl and saying “Mommy, her skin is dirty.” That awakening was all I could liken Mike Brown’s death to. The book is about a modern black family moving from a much more liberal north environment to the unequivocally racist South. If it were written today about today, the tragedy would be a shooting like Mike’s instead of a church bombing. 

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The Watson’s go to Birminham is one of my favorite books from childhood, definitley a title I think all kids should read at some point in their lives.  And it is ridiculous how it is only NOW that the book is getting a film adaptation.  At first I was a bit miffed at the fact that it has to be Hallmark making the movie for TV, but when I saw the trailer I got hooked.  The casting looks perfect, the settings look perfect, I can’t wait for this movie.

Spread this around guys, whoever can watch the Hallmark channel, PLEASE tune in to see this and support a fantastic book, a fantastic cast, and the crew!