Passing It On: Moving Stories of Activists--1960 to 2000 gathers in one volume the accounts of individuals from government, education, business, publishing, the arts, law, community groups, and activists' organizations whose stories span the decades from the days of the civil rights movement to the turn of the millennium. The editor and curator of this collection, Bev Jenai-Myers, recruited and encouraged this assembly of people, encompassing various ethnicities, cultures, philosophies, and economic standings, to reflect upon their personal experiences. Included in this listing are Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, the co-founder with Gloria Steinem of Ms. Magazine, Iris Gordy, the former VP of Motown, and International sculptor, John Soderberg, PhD.
As diverse as the individuals contributing to this collection, the chapters reveal the many facets of the work accomplished in the four decades beginning in 1960, work that advanced civil rights, women's rights, the peace movement, equal rights, senior concerns, LGBT acceptance, and mentoring. Touching upon both the personal and communal aspects of these efforts, the reflections, taken together, comprise a mosaic that illustrates the strides made in the period.
You may feel tempted to succumb to frustration over the difficulties facing the movements to advance civil rights and to foster better human relations. The look back that Passing It On offers will give you hope by reminding you of the pervasive presence and the power of many acts, both small and large, to change the course of a culture, given time and individuals' courage to contribute their efforts.
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New Anthology Called "Passing It On: Moving Stories of Activists-1960 to 2000 When Divine Spirit speaks to us in our hearts, it is important to Listen! This is what Bev Jenai-Myers does by selecting 30 authors to create an anthology called "Passing It On: Moving Stories of Activist- 1960-2000". The words of these writers are prolific, profound and sometimes riveting. They honor the courage of their hearts, and sometimes the pain of their good actions. In every respect, this book is a keeper and one to "Pass On" to children, to study in classrooms and to discuss over the dinner table and in book clubs. Civil and human rights in the United States has come with blood, sweat and tears. And the truth is, we still have far to go to gain and assure equity for all. "Passing It On" explores some of the stories that we don't know. It depicts how on every level, it is important to work for good change, and that to know that every good effort has value. This is a book that I, Melony McGant am honored to be in! I join some remarkable people including fine artist/poet and author Bev Jenai-Myers, John Soderberg, Jeannette Drake, Larry Rosenberg, who writes a moving reflection on Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner who were murdered during Freedom Summer, Iris Gordy who helped run Motown Records, Dorothy Pittman Hughes, who co-founded MS Magazine with Gloria Steinham, Deborah Meier, Miriam DeCosta-Willis, Rey Nicolas, Evelyn Albu, Rudolph Lewis, John Milton Wesley, Marian Last, JC. Jessie Jones, Angel Reyes III, Mary Fischer, Eileen Ain, Christella and Charles Moody, Akinyele K. Umoja, Efia Nwangaza, Monica Sacks, Myrna Goldstein, Ernesto Mejia, Victoria Norton, Patricia Churchill, Ann Monterio, Robin Toussant, Andrea Smith, Lynn Morrow and Tom Head. I Highly Recommend and am honored to be an author in "Passing It On: Moving Stories of Activist- 1960-2000". It is perfect for your library and holiday gifts. You may purchase your copy through Barnes & Noble and Independent Booksellers Everywhere! Always, Melony