Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

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Congressman John Lewis takes readers inside the civil rights movement in Walking with the Wind and shares rare insight into the personalities at its heart.

As Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Congressman John Lewis was at the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the late '50s and '60s. Arrested more than forty times, he was one of its youngest and most courageous leaders. Writing with charm, warmth, and honesty, Lewis moves from the ...

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Overview

Congressman John Lewis takes readers inside the civil rights movement in Walking with the Wind and shares rare insight into the personalities at its heart.

As Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Congressman John Lewis was at the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the late '50s and '60s. Arrested more than forty times, he was one of its youngest and most courageous leaders. Writing with charm, warmth, and honesty, Lewis moves from the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins as he reflects on the era to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where he led more than five hundred marchers on what became known as "Bloody Sunday." Though there have been exceptional books on the movement, Lewis's profound personal story is "destined to become a classic in civil rights literature" (Los Angeles Times).

Winner of the 1999 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

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"Publication of Walking with the Wind is a literary event, for sure. This is the definitive account of the civil rights movement. . . . It is impossible to read this inspirational and hideous story of courage and cruelty without being moved. -the Washington Post "John Lewis evokes, with simplicity and passion, how the 1960s transformed the United States. . . . Powerful."-the New York Times Book Review
"For those too young to remember and those too old to forget, for everyone of race, we owe a debt of gratitude to this American hero, and the nameless, frightened (but ultimately fearless) multitudes that walked with him down those rugged roads of history." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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"Publication of Walking with the Wind is a literary event, for sure. This is the definitive account of the civil rights movement. . . . It is impossible to read this inspirational and hideous story of courage and cruelty without being moved. -the Washington Post "John Lewis evokes, with simplicity and passion, how the 1960s transformed the United States. . . . Powerful."-the New York Times Book Review
"For those too young to remember and those too old to forget, for everyone of race, we owe a debt of gratitude to this American hero, and the nameless, frightened (but ultimately fearless) multitudes that walked with him down those rugged roads of history." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156007085
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Edition description: 1 HARVEST
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 91,788
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2001

    I have come a long way, too long to turn back now...

    So many people today don't realize what the real war of the civil rights meant to those fighting it. Equality, integration, freedom and independance are the things that are remembered. But togetherness and the end of racism, fighting with dignity and not with the kind of violence that kills so many people today were then so abundantly preached. Why is it okay for people to run around in gangs and spread the violent nature that they choose to live their lives with and then let a tear fall on the eve of King's death? Is it irony? Or is it a way of spitting on his grave? How can a people cry about all the suppression they have had to overcome, yet now are living through welfare and letting their children raise themselves? Yes, it is true that there are those who can't seem to rise above the poverty that infests our countries today. But there are those who still refuse to rise above. There are those still who don't see the need to fight so that thier children may have a better chance in the world. There are few left who still HAVE A DREAM and are willing to keep that dream alive. Crystal Crawford/ATX

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2000

    Outstanding book!

    A 'must read' for anyone concerned with human rights. Inspirational, well written and educational. John Lewis does an outstanding job sharing his experiences and those of others who stood up for what they believed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    Lewis Sheds Light On Civil Rights

    If interested in the Civil Rights Movement and all the exeperiences Afro-Americans went through in their struggle for equality, this is the one. Lewis does a remarkable job of capturing the Movement.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    excellent

    Lewis was at most of the turning points in the golden age of the civil rights movement. His memoir is a short course in the civil rights movement. This is a great story about a great man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    Absolutely Terrific!

    This is a book that should be required reading for all Americans. The stories of the brutality experienced by Lewis and his Civil Rights colleagues are unbelievable! The people who experienced 'The Movement' first-hand are true American heroes. John Lewis' story is one for the ages.

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