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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
What do George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, and the Marching Crimson Pipers Band all have in common? They are all affiliated with the history of Tuskegee. George Washington Carver was a botanist, who joined Booker T Washington at Tuskegee University and is known for his innovation with the peanut; Rosa Parks was a seamstress, born in Tuskegee, who refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, and the Marching Band is the apple of the Tuskegee University’s eye. In Hey Tuskegee! by Robert E. Constant, children will learn about the wonderful and rich history of Tuskegee. As they look at the colorful illustrations by James Zeger, children will also discover and become educated on the historical landmarks, beautiful places, traditions, and educational institutions that are important to Tuskegee. Join siblings Robbie and Saniyah as they take a journey along with their parents back to Tuskegee University. As with Robbie and Saniyah, children will not only learn about Alabama, but will be able to see and understand through their journey why being an alumni, connecting and giving back to Tuskegee University, makes such a crucial statement. These efforts are what will help to maintain the legacy of Booker T Washington, founder of Tuskegee University and its first president.
This book was important for me, as a follower of the works of George Washington Carver, because his inventions from the concept of the peanut shows the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and how it can benefit our children. I enjoyed the explosion of energy, unity and spirit continually coming off the pages when reading about the Tuskegee Marching Crimson Pipers Band, traditional songs, stepping competitions, homecoming, and the Fraternities and Sororities, all activities that stimulate the community, sense of belonging and culture that Tuskegee University is known for. Tuskegee, FAMU, and Howard are amongst the southern universities that exude pride because despite the odds these founders faced, they were still able to establish a legacy that will continue for generations to come. If you are seeking out a book for your child that will make a great impact, add this one to your library.