Gayle’s Gable

Carolyn Meyers based her novel, White Lilacs, on the true story of the Quakertown community of Denton, Texas in the early 1920’s. In the White Lilacs town of Dillon, the white community encircles the black neighborhood. Twelve-year-old Rosa Lee tells the story of how white leaders decide to move the black community and convert their section of town into a city park. The reader gains two perspectives from Rosa Lee. She helps her aunt in a wealthy white family’s home and eavesdrops on plans to force the black members of Dillon to cooperate. She also sees the struggle of her own close-knit community to come to grips with the forced relocation. Meyer’s novel opens discussion on racism, human and civil rights, and how one’s choices affects others.

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