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Elementary 'In Character': Cassie Logan

Nominated by Isabelle, Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Asheville, N.C.
From Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Cassie Logan is a 10-year-old African-American girl living in Mississippi in the 1930s. In her childhood, she has to look past skin color and racist actions to help improve her acceptance in society.

Throughout the book, Cassie experiences many different forms of racism. When she feels discouraged, her father affirms what she already believes: she must accept some things "the way they are" but fight to change those things most important.

Cassie is a great America fictional character because she perseveres and overcomes obstacles in her life. She conquers her doubt and is not afraid to fight for the values she believes in. Americans should do the same. This would make the world a more accepting place.

Hear Isabelle read her essay:



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Awesome I think this shows how in America there is still a lot of racism. Very good!

Sent by Isacc dickson 5th grade student | 3:51 PM | 5-28-2008

I like the part where Isabelle says that it's important to fight for things that are important. It makes me hopeful for the future if students today fight for what they believe in and value the things that Cassie does. Thanks NPR and Isabelle.

Sent by May Castelloe | 6:53 PM | 5-28-2008

i dont think people should be judged of ther skin color

Sent by evan delucca | 12:54 PM | 5-30-2008

Cassie Logan is one of my favorite American fictional characters. She is strong-willed and stands up for what she believes in the face of adversity. Issy's observations of this character give me hope that the next generation will be more accepting and tolerant.

Sent by Mary Turner | 8:05 AM | 6-1-2008

Influential essay! We can all learn from Cassie's courage.

Sent by Cindy Srijayanta | 10:06 PM | 6-2-2008