Discover the inspiring partnership that formed more than a century after the Supreme Court’s infamous “separate but equal” decision.
Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson were both born in New Orleans in 1957. Sixty-five years earlier, Phoebe’s ancestor, Judge John Ferguson, had found Keith’s ancestor, Homer Plessy, guilty of breaking the law for sitting in a whites-only train car. When Plessy v. Ferguson went to the Supreme Court, the justices ruled that “separate but equal” was constitutional, sparking decades of discriminatory laws.
In Together, Amy Nathan threads Keith and Phoebe’s personal stories into the larger history of the civil rights movement. She tells how they came together to form the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation which teaches the history of the case and supports those who fight for their rights today.
Amy Nathan is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for adults and young people, including an earlier Paul Dry Books selection, Round and Round Together: Taking a Merry-go-Round Ride into the Civil Rights Movement (2011); Abrams Books brought out a picture book version of that volume, co-authored with Sharon Langley, A Ride to Remember (2020). A graduate of Harvard with master's degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Columbia's Teachers College, Nathan's other books for young people include two on women's history for National Geographic, two on music and dance for Holt, books on homework and allowances, and one about civil rights hero Sarah Keys Evans: Take a Seat—Make a Stand. She has also written three music-advice books for adults and young people for Oxford University Press. www.AmyNathanBooks.com