February 3, 2014 by Reader's Connection
February is African-American History Month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Several new books will be published about the struggle and the people who courageously led the fight for equality. Here are a few:
Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle Martin A. Berger presents dramatic images of the Civil Rights era, some never before published.
Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear Describes the events surrounding Meredith’s march to increase Black voter registration, and how the aftermath of his shooting, caught in a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph, mobilized the voter drive. Aram Goudsouzian details this era before the Black Power Movement.
Stokely: A Life Stokely Carmichael was among a group of leaders who finished Meredith’s march. Shortly after the march he called for “Black Power”. Peniel E. Joseph offers the most in-depth biography of Carmichael in more than a decade.
TIME Civil Rights: How the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s Created a New Nation Iconic photographs from TIME, infographics and commentary by prominent writers document the Civil Rights Movement.
–Selector Beth Baker Schoch