Inspired by actual events in 1969, the book recounts what happened in East Harlem, New York when the activist Young Lords Organization united with residents to make positive neighborhood changes.
The story follows Vicki and her older sister, Valencia, who live in East Harlem. Rotting garbage overwhelms the streets because city sanitation trucks rarely pick up the trash. Determined to make a change, the Young Lords start sweeping the streets. Neighbors jump in eagerly, and Vicki joins them. “You’re never too young to make a difference!” her sister says. Together they discover they can help change their community and the world.
VICKI and A Summer of Change! ¡VICKI y un verano de cambio! is a bilingual book for children 5 to 8 years old. Topics of social and environmental justice are presented in an accessible and age-appropriate way.