Synopses & Reviews
It wasn’t that long ago that black citizens had to move to the back of the bus. In this stirring collection, NPR tells stories large and small: of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and the March on Washington; of Pullman porters, an invaluable green book, and women who baked pies to support the Montgomery bus boycott. Personal recollections and historical accounts paint vivid pictures of individuals and events that transformed a nation.Rosa Parks recounts her historic act of defiance on a Montgomery bus in 1955Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown on Pullman porters and the black middle classRadio storyteller Jean Shepherd’s first-person account of the March on WashingtonHoward University’s E. Ethelbert Miller remembers Martin Luther KingWalter Cronkite recalls the story of the slaying of three civil rights workers in 1964Julian Bond looks back on 50 years of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)Noah Adams reflects on the decision to publish photographs of Emmett Till’s mutilated bodyHow former Freedom Riders are using their experiences to motivate students todayand much more.
“An absorbing, informative, and often moving reminder of how bad things were and what it cost to change them. The program should be especially valuable for educational use.”
“Riveting . . . extraordinary accounts of courage and valor. This impressive collection deserves a prominent spot in audio collections.”
—Booklist [starred review]
“The personal reflections and historical accounts are alternately riveting, moving, and shocking but at all times a reminder of the power of the human spirit. This is a potent rendering of some of the most important civil rights events. VERDICT As a short, quick overview of this important part of our nations history, this is unbeatable; listeners will be moved to tears at times by the compelling narration. Highly recommended for anyone interested in U.S. history and/or civil rights.”
—Library Journal [starred review]
For the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders, NPR looks back at defining moments in the Civil Rights movement and ordinary people who worked for change.
It wasnt that long ago that black citizens had to move to the back of the bus. In this stirring collection, NPR tells stories large and small: of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and the March on Washington; of Pullman porters, an invaluable green book, and women who baked pies to support the Montgomery bus boycott. Personal recollections and historical accounts paint vivid pictures of individuals and events that transformed a nation.
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPRs audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.MICHELE NORRIS, an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience, co-hosts NPR's newsmagazine All Things Considered. Before coming to NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News. Norris is a multiple Pulitzer-nominee and, in addition to other honors, shares an Emmy and a Peabody with ABC News colleagues for her contribution to their 9/11 coverage.
Table of Contents
Contents:Introduction by Michele NorrisRosa ParksThe Club from Nowhere: Cooking for Civil Rights‘The Forgotten Hero of the Civil Rights MovementThe First Civil Rights Bus BoycottBefore Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette ColvinFormer Pullman Porter Subtly Confronted Racism‘Green Book Helped African Americans Travel SafelyJim Crow: Blacks Survived with DignityThe Power of Pictures in the Struggle for Civil RightsEmmett Till and the Impact of ImagesMahalia Jackson: Voice of the Civil Rights MovementWallace in the Schoolhouse DoorBreaking the Color BarrierSound Vault: The Civil Rights ActMississippi 1964: Civil Rights and UnrestJames Farmer and the Freedom SummerFreedom RidersRep. John Lewis on Prosecuting the PastThe Legacy of Medgar EversJulian Bond RemembersLooking Back to Hear Malcolm XDorothy Height Sees Dream Come TrueRadio History: March on Washington RecalledRemembering King and the ‘Fierce Urgency of NowMartin Luther King, ‘At Canaans Edge