Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - History - 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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This well written and compelling memoir of one of the most important members of the Civil Rights Movement, and the representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district — including most of the City ... Read full review

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I read this, and a slew of other civil rights biographies, during my first month of motherhood after having taken an amazing class on the Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movements of the 1960s. I ... Read full review

Contents

A SMALL WORLD A SAFE WORLD
16
PILOT LIGHT
32
THE BOY FROM TROY
57
SOUL FORCE
71
NIGRAS NIGRAS EVERYWHERE
90
THIS IS THE STUDENTS
115
LAST SUPPER
130
MR GREYHOUND
146
FEEL ANGRY WITH ME
261
FREEDOM FIGHTERS
283
INTO SELMA
300
BLOODY SUNDAY
335
DEELECTION
363
WHY?
393
THE NEW SOUTH
425
OLD GHOSTS
452

RAISE UP THE RUG
175
WE MARCH TODAY
202
KEEP YOUR STICK DOWN
232
ONWARD
480
INDEX
505
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