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
     
 
An eloquent, epic firsthand account of the civil rights movement by a man who lived it-an American hero whose courage, vision, and dedication helped change history The son of an Alabama sharecropper, and now a sixth-term United States Congressman, John Lewis has led an extraordinary life, one that found him at the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the

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An eloquent, epic firsthand account of the civil rights movement by a man who lived it-an American hero whose courage, vision, and dedication helped change history The son of an Alabama sharecropper, and now a sixth-term United States Congressman, John Lewis has led an extraordinary life, one that found him at the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the late '50s and '60s. As Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Lewis was present at all the major battlefields of the movement. Arrested more than forty times and severely beaten on several occasions, he was one of the youngest yet most courageous leaders. Written with charm, warmth, and honesty, Walking with the Wind offers rare insight into the movement and the personalities of all the civil rights leaders-what was happening behind the scenes, the infighting, struggles, and triumphs. Lewis takes us from the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where he led more than five hundred marchers on what became known as "Bloody Sunday." While there have been exceptional books on the movement, there has never been a front-line account by a man like John Lewis. A true American hero, his story is "destined to become a classic in civil rights literature." (Los Angeles Times)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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:
9780613225809
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Harvest Book Series
Pages:
526
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.66(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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