Walking With the Wind

Walking With the Wind

A Memoir of the Movement

Book - 1998
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Forty years ago, a teenaged boy stepped off a cotton farm in Alabama and into the epicenter of the struggle for civil rights in America, where he has remained to this day, committed still to the nonviolent ideals of his mentor Martin Luther King and the movement they both served. John Lewis's life, which he tells with charm, warmth, and toughness, ranges across the battlefields of the civil rights movement -- Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham, Mississippi. It is peopled with characters, including Diane Nash, Julian Bond, and Marion Barry; Bull Connor and Bobby Kennedy; James Farmer and Jim Forman; Malcolm X and Lyndon Johnson; Shirley MacLaine and David Halberstam; Harry Belafonte and Martin Luther King, and many more. From a sharecropper's farm to Nashville in the late 1950s, Lewis was swept up by the rising winds of the civil rights movement where he risked his life over and over, and went to jail many, many times. By the 1960s, he was steering the sit-in movement through the South, leading the Freedom Rides, assuming the chairmanship of SNCC, and stepping into the national spotlight at the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis was in the Mississippi Summer of 1964, at Bloody Sunday in Selma in 1965, at Bobby Kennedy's side in 1968 moments before Kennedy was gunned down in the kitchen of Los Angeles's Ambassador Hotel. As a sixth-term United States Congressman, the highest ranking, black elected official in the country, Lewis continues the nonviolent struggle that has defined his entire life.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780684810652
Branch Call Number: 328.73092 Lewis
Characteristics: 496 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: D'Orso, Michael


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PimaLib_MargotN Jan 13, 2016

"A first-hand account of the turbulent struggle for civil rights and the willingness and courage to change the course of history...A teen-aged boy who stepped off a cotton farm in Alabama and into the epicenter of the struggle for civil rights in America...During the 1960's he was repeatedly a victim of violence and intimidation, but his singular belief in non-violent action, inspired by his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, was a defining characteristic of his leadership and vision."
Simon and Shuster

Feb 14, 2014

This book has earned its place on my short list of all time favorites. The opening chapter was remarkable. By page eleven I knew I was in for a wonderful read.

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