Children of the Movement: The Sons and Daughters of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, George Wallace, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Bob Moses, James Chaney, Elaine Brown, and Others Reveal How the Civil Rights Movem

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Profiling 24 of the adult children of the most recognizable figures in the civil rights movement, this book collects the intimate, moving stories of families who were pulled apart by the horrors of the struggle or brought together by their efforts to change America. The whole range of players is covered, from the children of leading figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and martyrs like James Earl Chaney to segregationists like George Wallace and Black Panther leaders like Elaine Brown. The essays reveal that some children are more pessimistic than their parents, whose idealism they saw destroyed by the struggle, while others are still trying to change the world. Included are such inspiring stories as the daughter of a notoriously racist Southern governor who finds her calling as a teacher in an all-black inner-city school and the daughter of a famous martyr who unexpectedly meets her mother’s killer. From the first activists killed by racist Southerners to the current global justice protestors carrying on the work of their parents, these profiles offer a look behind the public face of the triumphant civil rights movement and show the individual lives it changed in surprising ways.

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Editorial Reviews

A revealing look at how the movement affected the personal lives of activists and the legacy inherited by their children.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A highly original, insightful and sometimes emotionally riveting book.
Atlanta Tribune
A fresh approach to chronicling the historic struggle...powerful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556525377
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Blake is a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for which he has written several award-winning stories on civil rights. He has received feature writing awards from the Associated Press, the Georgia Press Association, the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
1 Casualties of War 1
Chevara Orrin and Bacardi Jackson, daughters of Reverend James Bevel, a Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) leader and member of Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle 3
Chaka Forman, son of James Forman Sr., former executive director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) 15
Mary Brown, daughter of James Zwerg, a Freedom Rider 25
Maisha Moses, daughter of Bob Moses, a SNCC leader and founder of the Algebra Project 37
2 The Next Generation 47
Ralph David Abernathy III, son of Ralph David Abernathy Sr., cofounder of the SCLC and a confidant of Reverend King 49
Michael Julian Bond, son of Julian Bond, a leader in the SNCC and the NAACP 58
James Forman Jr., son of James Forman Sr., former executive director of the SNCC 68
Julie Guyot, daughter of Lawrence Guyot Sr., a SNCC field secretary 76
Andrew "Bo" Young III, son of Andrew Young, a SCLC leader and member of Reverend King's inner circle 84
3 Children of the Icons 93
Martin Luther King III, son of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. 95
Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X 108
4 Children of the Segregationist Leaders 119
Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of former Alabama Governor George Wallace 121
Ouida Barnett Atkins, daughter of former Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett Sr. 131
Stephen Smitherman, son of former Selma mayor Joe Smitherman 143
5 Children of Black Power 153
Bokar Ture, son of Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), a SNCC and Black Panther Party leader 155
Ericka Abram, daughter of Elaine Brown, former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party 166
Warith Deen Muhammad, son of Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam 180
6 Children of the Martyrs 193
Penny Liuzzo Herrington, daughter of Viola Liuzzo, who was killed during the Selma campaign 195
Ben Chaney and Angela Lewis, brother and daughter of James Earl Chaney, one of three civil rights workers killed during Mississippi Freedom Summer 206
Anne Reeb, daughter of Reverend James Reeb, who was killed in Selma 217
7 The New Radicals: From Selma to Seattle 227
Andrew "Drew" Dellinger, son of Walter Dellinger, a civil rights activist and constitutional law scholar 230
Naomi Klein, daughter of Bonnie Sherr Klein, a former member of the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE), and Michael Klein, an antiwar demonstrator 238
Timi Gerson, daughter of Bill Gerson, a leader in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) 248
Index 256
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    An Important Contribution

    As one of the young foot soldiers of the civil rights movement who went on to become a professional historian, I was fascinated to get a copy of this book, in part to see what had become of some of my old friends and their families. What I found was just riveting. This was the year in which my state, Florida, seemed to be hit by a hurricane practically every week in the fall, and twice I had to evacuate. This was the book I took with me, and I'm glad I did. I don't think any bookshelf on the civil rights movement will be complete without it. And I'm anxious to see what the author's next book will be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    A New Chapter Pertaining to the Civil Rights Movement Has Been Written

    I was introduced to this by an annoucement in our local newspaper regarding a book signing event. From this alone, I was intriqued and knew that I had no choice but to purchase and read it. Understand that I have a passion when it comes to African-American history during what was known as the modern civil rights era. As a result, I consider myself to be a fairly learned scholar, when it comes to the subject area(no I did not major in history). However, 'Children of the Movement' takes a very unique approach. This book is written from the perspective of the children of some of the well-knowned(and not so well-knowned and seemingly forgotten) participants of the civil rights struggle. It is fascinating to read about and realize how these offsprings' lives were affected by various incidents and circumstances surrounding their parents. And although some of the information can be considered positive, there are some that reflect what may be deemed as a negative side(now this doesn't necessarily take away from the contributions made by these persons, but it does show their potential 'weakness(es)'-and we all have them). Furthermore, this book doesn't just include persons of African-American descent, but other backgrounds as well. So you have a wide range of thoughts and personalities. 'Children of the Movement' is a must for your history collection. In reality, it could be used as a supplement for many history seminars, forums, and classes. I proudly commend Mr. John Blake for his creativity, talent, and interest to pursue this avenue. He has written this book in such a way, that the reader's interest is maintained from beginning to end(even if you are not a history buff)! I was enlightened to information, that I never knew. But all I can say is, read it for yourself and you will comprehend what I am saying. And you will be glad that you did!

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