Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

The Life of Rosa Parks

Author: Douglas Brinkley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780297607083

Category: African American civil rights workers

Page: 248

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On 1 December 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, a quiet and dignified 42-year-old black seamstress refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her arrest led to a 381-day boycott of the city's bus system, led by Martin Luther King, which is now considered the beginning of the American civil rights movement. Rosa Parks' personality and character were an important part of the bus boycott's success. Graceful, reserved and a devout churchgoer, she was also a civil rights activist alongside her daytime job as a seamstress, and she believed in the use of righteous force when necessary. The boycott was an epic event. 50,000 blacks (three-quarters of the city's population) somehow found some other way to get to and from work, week after week. In 1957 she and her husband moved north to Detroit, where she continued to work for civil rights, taking part in most of the great marches of the 1960s, although she found the male chauvinism of these events increasingly unacceptable. She was a great admirer of Martin Luther King, and he of her, and his assassination in 1968 was a bitter blow. After King's death, the movement began to lose its way and Rosa Parks believed that anger and violence were replacing non-violent social protest. In later years she seemed almost a forgotten figure, but in the 1990s this appeared to be changing. In 1999 Time magazine hailed here as one of the hundred most significant individuals of the century, and there were plaudits from the Pope, Nelson Mandela and others. This book about the life and times of a remarkable and inspiring woman is also a brilliant re-creation of mid-century American life.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Author: John A. Kirk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317876504

Category: History

Page: 248

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Combining the latest insights from KIng biographies and movement histories, this book provides an up-to-date critical analysis of the relationship between King and the wider civil rights movement. Delivering a fresh perspective on the relationship between 'the man and the movement', Kirk argues that it is the interactionbetween national and local movement concerns that is essential to understanding King's leadership and black activism in the 1950s and 1960s. Kirk examines King's strengths and his limitations, and weighs the role that king played in then movement alongside the contributions of other civil rights organizations and leaders, and local civil rights activists. Suitable for undergraduate courses in 20th century US history.

Books and Reading in the Lives of Notable Americans

A Biographical Sourcebook

Author: John Anthony McCrossan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313303760

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 267

View: 4984


Books and reading have contributed to the success of generations of Americans, many of whom have had distinguished careers and have left their mark on history. While the accomplishments of these notable Americans are well known, their adventures with books and reading are less familiar. This book discusses the reading activities of 50 notable Americans from a wide range of historical periods and professions and from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Many of these figures appear prominently in school and college texts or are part of popular culture. Included are alphabetically arranged entries for such readers as Benjamin Franklin, Helen Keller, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mark Twain, Oprah Winfrey, and Ronald Reagan.

Freed Indeed

The Spiritual Wealth of Black America

Author: Larry Trawick

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595391877

Category: Religion

Page: 108

View: 7874


Order a copy of Freed Indeed and find out why it has been awarded both, the Editor's Choice and Publisher's Choice awards. Freed Indeed is an thoroughly engaging book that gives readers a very different view of black America. It both inspires and surprises as it reveals the spiritual mission of this irrepressable people. Freed Indeed not only addresses the dark atrocities of the past, but also promises an exciting and vibrant future to those who heed its counsel. From cover to cover, Freed Indeed delivers a powerful and timely message for the culturally and spiritually minded reader of today.

Congressional Record

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 7162


The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)