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We Shall Overcome With 2 Audio CDs: The History of the Civil Rights Movement as It Happened Hardcover – October 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks MediaFusion; Har/Cdr/Co edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140220213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402202131
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this lucid, textbook-like volume, Boyd (Race and Resistance; The Harlem Reader) takes readers on a journey through the Civil Rights movement, a march of progress bookended here by murders: the first chapter describes the 1955 Mississippi lynching of Emmett Till, which drew the nation's attention to racism in a way that previous killings had not, and the final chapter recalls the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis. In between, Boyd considers the resistance of Rosa Parks, the agitating of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the murder of Medgar Evers and the March on Washington, both in 1963. Simple but strong prose is accompanied by photographs (the all-black 24th Infantry in the Korean War; Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court steps) and sidebars (Gwendolyn Brooks's poem "The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock"; the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's statement of purpose). Two audio CDs, narrated by actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, offer everything from protests songs to the recollections of sit-in participants. Boyd's volume is a useful compilation of information arranged in an economical, accessible format, one sure to appeal to students, amateur historians and general readers.
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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–Beginning with the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, and concluding with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, Boyd chronicles the history of the civil rights struggle in America. The writing is clear, understated, and journalistic. This style is well chosen, as it allows the words of the participants themselves, and multiple black-and-white archival photographs, to tell the stories and to provide strong emotional impact. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific person or event. Many of them will be familiar to students, such as Brown v. Board of Education or Rosa Parks. Perhaps less familiar is the story of the Freedom Riders, or the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The book includes two audio CDs, narrated by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, that provide recordings of protest songs, speeches, and commentary from the Little Rock Nine as well as segregationist and Klan leaders, and more. These recordings bring history to life in ways that text cannot. A few of the photographs appear grainy–this may be due to the fact that some are reproduced from newspapers. This important book is recommended for mature students because of the unflinching language, the need to put the historical events in context, and the ability to understand the anger and sorrow that one feels after reading it.–Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD
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More About the Author

Herb Boyd is a journalist, activist, teacher, and has authored or edited 22 books, including his most recent one, Civil Rights: Yesterday & Today. His book Baldwin's Harlem, a biography of James Baldwin, was a finalist for a 2009 NAACP Image Award. In 1995, with Robert Allen, he was a recipient of an American Book Award for Brotherman--The Odyssey of Black Men in America, an anthology. We Shall Overcome, a media-fusion book with narration by the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, is used in classrooms all over the world, as is his Autobiography of a People and The Harlem Reader. His articles can be found in such publications as The Black Scholar, The Final Call, the Amsterdam News, Cineaste, Downbeat, and The Network Journal, among others.
Among the highlights of his remarkable journalistic career was an invitation to fly on Air Force One with President Obama, whom he has interviewed on several occasions.
Over the last decade or so, Boyd has scripted several documentaries, including several with Keith Beauchamp on cold cases of martyrs from the civil rights era that were shown on Biography Channel and TV One. With filmmaker Eddie Harris, he was the writer on three documentaries--Trek to the Holy Land, Cri de Coeur (Cry from the Heart), and Slap the Donkey, that tracks the Rev. Al Sharpton's presidential bid in 2004. The latter film was recently selected to be screened at the Montreal Film Festival in 2010. Boyd is also a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, as well as a keynote speaker at many functions sponsored by noted community and college organizations, where his commentaries on African American culture and politics have earned him an increasingly large audience and popularity. For more than forty years, he has taught at institutions of higher learning. Currently, he teaches at the College of New Rochelle in the Bronx and at City College New York, and is also a national and international correspondent for Free Speech TV.org, a media company that specializes in Internet television.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Eley on July 24, 2005
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As a child growing up through the movement, this text has allowed me to embrace the struggle as an adult. The actual audio accounts are at times distrubing, but the realization of what people of color went through during that era is something I must endure as an African American. I highly recommend this text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chairwoman MAO on February 19, 2007
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I bought this book for a political science class, sadly we never used it though, however, I think this is one of the best investments I could have made in a text book. It chronicles the civil rights movement and contains some pictures that are otherwise hard to find anywhere else. I attend Florida A&M and there is actually a piture of Stokley Carmichael standing in front of one of our buildings delivering one of his earth shaking speeches, I'm sure... Unfortunately, I was disheartened by the way the author skipped over Malcolm X's role in the civil rights era and how he inspired later organizations such as the Black panther Party. But that, a big issue for me, aside, this is a great textbook. When I start teaching, I will probably refer back to it for my history classes.
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By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2009
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I would like to say that this is a great book if you are interested in knowing what happen just 50 years ago.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline K. Bennett on March 23, 2010
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I was given the privilege of see a copy of the above mentioned book by a friend and found it very interesting and very useful for Black History Month.
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By Johny-lee on September 18, 2014
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Great book!
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