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Part One: A Sweet Smell of Roses


Based upon accounts of children who participated in various marches,  A Sweet Smell of Roses,tells the story of two sisters who join Dr. King in demonstrating for freedom and justice. Many of the illustrations depict actual marches and other nonviolent direct action campaigns including the March on Washington, the Children's Crusade in Birmingham, and the Selma to Montgomery March. As part of the lesson, we suggest asking students to examine photographs from the period or creating a gallery wall in your classroom where students can identify elements of the principles of nonviolence in each photo. As an extension, share photos of more recent marches and demonstrations and lead a discussion.