Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Civil Rights Movement--Part 1

-My most recent research project was on the FLDS.  I read 8 books about them and watched movies and documentaries.

-Now, I'm studying the Civil Rights Movement.  Recently, I watched the series The Sixties on CNN. There was an episode entitled, A Long March to Freedom, that described the sit-ins and the Freedom Rides. I decided I needed to know more.

-Several years ago, I watched the movie, The Help and read the book.  It further opened my eyes that it really wasn't that long ago, especially in the south, when people were openly racist.

-I realized after watching The Sixties episode, that I didn't know enough about the Civil Rights Movement, especially during the 50's and 60's.  I wanted to learn more about the sit-ins and Freedom Rides.

-I've read Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Judy Hasday and Freedom Rides: Journey for Justice by James Haskins.

-I'm in the middle of listening to The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff.  I'm learning a lot from all angles about how the Civil Rights Movement took shape.

-I've almost finished reading Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People by Sarah Bradford.  I discovered this book as suggested reading in Hasday's book.  I've read a lot about Harriet Tubman in the past, but this book is a fascinating account by someone who actually knew her well and quoted others that knew her well.  I've always thought of her as a heroine, but this book has increased my respect for her and my amazement at what her faith in God enabled her to accomplish.

-I will continue reading and watching documentaries and movies on the subject.  Stay tuned for more to come.

CORE (Congress of Racial Equality)
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
Freedom Riders Foundation
Civil Rights Museum

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