Brown Sugar Babe

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by Charlotte Watson Sherman


  • What three things did she not think brown was?
  • What did she describe her brown eyes as?
  • In the book where they say “Look at those brown legs sturdy funnels of stone, your brown arms, wiry and strong as knucklebones”, what do you think knucklebones means?
  • What do you think they mean when they say “Brown is a dusk before day turns to twilight”?
  • What do you think it means when they say “Brown is feet marching for human rights”?
  • What are three things that they say brown are?


  • Can you look up the definitions for marmalade, human rights, wiry, glinting, and stun?

Fun Fact

  • The author says in this book when the brown skinned two-year-old declared “I am pink”, she recalled the doll test conducted as part of the NAACP-led case Brown vs. Board of Education. That lawsuit helped the supreme court end school segregation in the United States. In the 1940s, black children could not attend school with white children in many parts of the United States. In 2006, 17-year-old, New York high school student, Kiri Davis made a film entitled “A Girl Like Me” and recreated the famous 1940 “The Doll Test” experiment.

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