First Black Child to Enter an All-White School in Jasper, TX

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Author Jermaine Kenyatta weaves a moving story in memory of Martha Adams.

History, Alive and in Living Color.

An inspiring, touching, and memorable story awaits young and old readers in author Jermaine Kenyatta’s My Special Day in Jasper, TX USA. Through the eyes of an eleven-year-old Martha Adams, the author shares how one little black child started a ripple in the pond of Jasper’s educational and social system. In this book, readers will witness how Martha paved the way for other black children in different communities everywhere.

Martha is the first black girl to integrate into an all-white school in Jasper, TX. She asks her mother why she has to go to this school. Her mother explains that it is her right to go, that folks have died for her to have this privilege, that she is making history by putting an end to segregation, that she will lead the way for the other students of color, that she is somebody special who is doing this not just for both of them but for their whole race. And so begins Martha’s journey. Her first day in school, her first white friend, her embarrassing and hateful moments, her special day, and her first white teacher who respected her and whom she salutes and honors are all woven into a wonderful story in My Special Day in Jasper, TX USA.

Martha Adams passed away in 2005. She was not able to survive cancer, but she was able to survive life—with courage and dignity—as it was dealt to her. In memory of her, the author shares this beautiful and heartwarming story to all.

This book will be featured in the 2010 Texas Library Association Book Exhibit in San Antonio, TX on April 14-16, 2010. For more information, log on to

About the Author
C. L. King resides in Nacogdoches, which is the oldest town in Texas. He is the Pastor of Bethel Temple Church of God In Christ in Nacogdoches, Texas. King is an award winning educator. Among his honors is Teacher of the Year for Lovett Elementary School in Houston, Texas. He is also a winner of the prestigious Impact II Award for Innovative Teaching for a program called “History, Alive and in Living Color.” King has taught in Jacksonville, Texas, Longview, Tyler, and Jasper, Texas, where the story for the book originates. King is originally from Baytown, Texas, where he excelled as a student and athlete. He completed his undergraduate college study at the University of Houston and did graduate study at Texas Southern University. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Armed Forces Veteran. He has written poetry and award-winning plays for church and school settings. He is currently working on a book of short stories and a novel. His goal is to have a best-selling book in children’s literature, fiction, non-fiction, and religion. He was intrigued by the Martha Adams story. He wanted to tell it for all of the children who went through the same experience but perhaps did not get the national attention or notoriety as some of the higher profile integration attempts. He wanted to tell the story through the eyes of an eleven-year-old Martha Adams.     King’s pen name is a tribute to his son and daughter. Jermaine is his son’s middle name and Kenyatta is his daughter’s middle name. This is how he arrived at the pen name Jermaine Kenyatta.

My Special Day in Jasper, TX USA * by Jermaine Kenyatta
In Memory Of Martha
Publication Date: March 23, 2010
Picture Book; $12.99; 24 pages; 978-1-4500-2276-7

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