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'March with Me' into child's view of civil rights struggle

Rosalie Turner, author of historical fiction set in 1960s Birmingham, Ala., is in Commerce this week.

Turner's works include "March with Me," a novel about two girls, one black and one white, and their growing up as the city around them is consumed by the energy and conflict of the civil rights movement.

Northeast Texas residents will have a chance to hear Turner speak at the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce during this year's Hunt County African-American Leadership Conference Dan and Jalinna Jones Education Awards Ceremony. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Sam Rayburn Memorial Student Center, located near the corner of Stonewall St. and Bryan St.

Turner visited the KETR studios earlier this week and discussed "March with Me." In the three audio clips below, Turner discussed her inspiration for the book, her research process and the evolution of race relations.

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Turner discusses the narrative voice of "March with Me" and the research she did for the novel.

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Turner describes the necessity of the civil rights movement and the ongoing need for reconciliation between individuals and communities.

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