Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

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Harcourt Brace, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 526 pages
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The son of an Alabama sharecropper, and now a sixth-term United States Congressman, John Lewis has led an extraordinary life, one that found him at the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the late '50s and '60s. As Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Lewis was present at all the major battlefields of the movement. Arrested more than forty times and severely beaten on several occasions, he was one of the youngest yet most courageous leaders. Written with charm, warmth, and honesty, Walking with the Wind offers rare insight into the movement and the personalities of all the civil rights leaders-what was happening behind the scenes, the infighting, struggles, and triumphs. Lewis takes us from the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where he led more than five hundred marchers on what became known as "Bloody Sunday." While there have been exceptional books on the movement, there has never been a front-line account by a man like John Lewis. A true American hero, his story is "destined to become a classic in civil rights literature." (Los Angeles Times)

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User Review  - Sandra - Goodreads

John Lewis writes with passion and inside knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement. He was at lunch counters, attacked by dogs, scorned, beaten and still he stood up for equality. His memoir is not one ... Read full review

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Congressman John Lewis's autobiography of his childhood, time in the Civil Rights Movement, and life thereafter is a powerful story. Lewis's autobiography is one of the best I've ever had the chance ... Read full review

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