What significant changes, if any, have resulted from the enormous efforts of the 1960s civil rights movement? To find out, in 1991 Tom Dent took a grassroots journey through today's South, revisiting the places where protesters and their supporters took a stand for equality. For Dent, an African American who grew up in New Orleans one generation before desegregation, this journey became a personal one, as he explored his own reasons for leaving the South and for returning home. His interviews with blacks, whites, civil rights workers, and everyday citizens recount their personal experiences of the demonstrations and protests that shaped the movement and the impressions these events left on their communities.Dent traveled through the South and into the past, visiting, among many sites of activity during the movement, the F. W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina, the site of the first sit-down strikes in 1960; the campus of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, where, in 1968, one of the most violent reactions to student demonstrations occurred; Albany, Georgia, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led one of the first mass-movement civil rights efforts in 1962; and Selma, Alabama, the starting point for King's 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. By revisiting these small southern towns, Dent shows how the civil rights movement continues its positive influences on people's lives, but he also demonstrates that equality has not yet been fully realized. Through his portrayal of everyday people and their experiences and through his own memories, Dent offers a story of discovery and hope that invites us to see and feel how the civil rights movement still shapes our world today.
|Publisher:||University of Georgia Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.17(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.92(d)|