Reviews and Blog Posts: Civil Rights Movement

Coretta Scott

by Ntozake Shange

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    Martin Luther King Jr's life, though short, was very impactful and worthy of celebrating. This book is  composed of poems by Ntozake Shange which, when read one after the other create a narrative that gently explores Coretta Scott King's life and experiences. What really sets this book apart are...

The troubles of Johnny Cannon

by Isaiah Campbell

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    Can a book designed for middle grade readers combine the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War and be funny, exciting and informative?  After reading this book I would have to say yes. Isaiah Campbell has crafted a novel that is hard to put down as he traces...

Freedom Summer - Advanced Screening at the Blair-Caldwell Library

Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer Protests

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Presents: An Advanced Screening of the Film Freedom Summer with Special Guest Speaker Dr. Winston Grady-Willis (Prof. and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, MSU)

Faubourg Tremé the untold story of Black New Orleans

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This is an informative and moving documentary. It accomplishes mixing the rich history of the Faubourg Tremé with contemporary momentous footage. Created and narrated by a resident of Tremé, the documentary outlines the neighborhood from its origin through the birth of civil rights and jazz and the devastation of Hurricane...

March. Book one

by John Lewis

Unbelievably, Congressman John Lewis (Georgia) was not awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the Civil Rights Movement until 2011. In March, book one of a planned trilogy, I learned about Congressman Lewis' life as a young boy in Alabama and his families migration North. He also...

The Legacy of Rosa Parks

December 1st marks the 56th anniversary of Rosa Park's arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. She worked tirelessly side-by-side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launching him as a key figure in the struggle for equality. Her quiet and courageous act changed America and redirected the course of history.

When asked to explain her actions on that day she detailed her motivation in her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story:
“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."

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