In Brown Girl Dreaming, where does Jacqueline start to see change happening in her life? Where does she start to see it in the world in which she lives?

Right away in Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson sees change happening in her life. She says she was born as "the South explode[d]." She contextualizes her birth within the upheavals in the United States. She tells about James Baldwin, John F. Kennedy, and other figures typically portrayed as transformational. Yet as we read on, we notice that things aren't so changed. Woodson and her family still sit in the back of the bus and fear being beaten by police.

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Jacqueline Woodson seems to be aware of change right from the start. Yes, it's Woodson looking back. But in her recollection, Woodson draws our attention to how she was born during a time of immense change and upheaval. "I am born as the South explodes," Woodson tells us.

Right away, Woodson contextualizes her birth. Her birth coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. planning a march on Washington. It coincides with Malcolm X's revolutionary rhetoric and John F. Kennedy's hope-inducing presidency.

Yet we soon notice a contrast between the change Woodson tells us about and the real world that Woodson and her family navigate. Early on, Woodson tells us about Rosa Parks. Even though Woodson and her family are allowed to sit wherever they want in the bus, they don't. They...

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