My Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Juan Williams
Voices of the Civil Rights Experience (AARP)

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"More than 30 people tell personal stories about the nonviolent struggle for civil rights, then and now, not only the leaders but also ordinary citizens who bear witness to “transforming moments” when they suddenly found the courage to try to change things. David Dinkins, New York City’s first black mayor, served with the U.S. Marines in World War II; at home, he had to use the back of the bus. A white woman remembers herself as a child after the Birmingham murders (“My worst fear was that my father might be a member of the Klan”). David Halberstam provides an excellent overview; Williams’ brief, clear notes introduce each eyewitness account; and the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative. Best of all are the connections with contemporary struggles for equality, including those of immigrants, the poor, and the disabled. Marion Wright Edelman’s final impassioned essay speaks for the millions of all races who continue to be “left behind in our land of plenty.”--Booklist

About Juan Williams

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Juan Williams is the Senior Correspondent for NPR’s Morning Edition and author of the bestselling Eyes on the Prize and the widely acclaimed biography, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. He has won an Emmy award for TV documentary writing.David Halberstam is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and author of many bestsellers including The Best and the Brightest, Freedom Riders, and The Teammates.Marian Wright Edelman is the President of the Children’s Defense Fund and author of The Measure of Our Success.
Published May 1, 2004 by Sterling. 240 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Part of the Voices of Civil Rights project, a collaboration between AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights to build an oral archive, this book aims (and sometimes strains) to link the African-American struggle for freedom to others in its wake.

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