Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

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by John Lewis, Michael D'Orso
     
 

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The award-winning national bestseller, Walking with the Wind, is one of our most important records of the American civil rights movement. Told by John Lewis, who Cornel West calls a “national treasure,” this is a gripping first-hand account of the fight for civil rights and the courage it takes to change a nation.

In 1957, a teenaged boy named

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The award-winning national bestseller, Walking with the Wind, is one of our most important records of the American civil rights movement. Told by John Lewis, who Cornel West calls a “national treasure,” this is a gripping first-hand account of the fight for civil rights and the courage it takes to change a nation.

In 1957, a teenaged boy named John Lewis left a cotton farm in Alabama for Nashville, the epicenter of the struggle for civil rights in America. Lewis’ adherence to nonviolence guided that critical time and established him as one of the movement’s most charismatic and courageous leaders. Lewis’s leadership in the Nashville Movement—a student-led effort to desegregate the city of Nashville using sit-in techniques based on the teachings of Gandhi—set the tone for major civil rights campaigns of the 1960s. Lewis traces his role in the pivotal Selma marches, Bloody Sunday, and the Freedom Rides. Inspired by his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis’ vision and perseverance altered history. In 1986, he ran and won a congressional seat in Georgia, and remains in office to this day, continuing to enact change.

The late Edward M. Kennedy said of Lewis, “John tells it like it was…Lewis spent most of his life walking against the wind of the times, but he was surely walking with the wind of history.”

Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476797717
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
02/10/2015
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
175,530
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Michael D’Orso is the author of sixteen books, which include Oceana, Plundering Paradise, and The Cost of Courage. His work has been featured or reviewed in The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and other publications.

John Lewis is the US Representative for Georgia’s fifth district, a position he has held since 1987.

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Walking with the Wind; A Memoir of the Movement 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
movienut2001 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.