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My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience (AARP)

by Juan Williams

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This is an insightful, well-written chronology of the Civil Rights Movement. Looking at issues that sparked the movement, such as the blatant murder of Emmett Till, the injustice of not being allowed to sit at the lunch counter in a store that depends of the sales to black population to keep the business open, the freedom riders, some of who gave their lives, the walk from Selma Alabama to the Capitol to fight for the right to vote, and the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his powerful speech that sparked a nation.

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The historic struggle for civil rights has revolutionized every apsect of American life--and is still shaping what it means to be free in a fast-changing global society. In My Soul Looks Back in Wonder, Williams presents the dramatic and uplifting stories of men and women who have been profoundly transformed by the experiences of the front lines of freedom,. Meet Jesse Epps, who witnessed the cold-blooded murder of a black man who refused to step aside for the white "town boss"--and then channels his rage into political action. Or Endesha Holland, a former prostitute whose chance run-in with civil rights icon Robert Moses in Mississippi sets her on a harrowing journey that leads to a Ph.D. Or Diane Wilson, a Texas fisherwoman who, inspired by the strugges of Vietnamese shrimpers, launches a crusade to save the Gulf Coast from big-time polluters. Published on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown vs Board of Educaion decision, My Soul Looks Back in Wonder is an intimate portrait of America at its best. As Williams writes, "In these pages you will meet extraordinary individuals who tapped into their personal power to become agents of change. They are those rare souls who, through sacrifice and risk, dared to take direct action to create a better America. They are American History." -B&N
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