Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 195463
By far the most readable of the civil rights histories, filled with fascinating background on the African American church and Martin Luther King's personal makeup, plus riveting storytelling. This book will keep you up at night.
A 700-page blockbuster and Pulitzer winner that provides a comprehensive history of King and the movement he led and inspired.
McWhorter grew up in privileged, white Birmingham, and she provides a graphic panorama of both white and black forces that grappled for power there. No book I know so expands the social, economic, and religious canvas. The book is messy but intoxicating.
Marsh combines the skills of a theologian, historian, and storyteller to bring a probing and meditative description of the civil rights movement, its triumphs and failings, up to its impact on today's social justice movements.
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement
John Lewis and Michael D'Orso
Congressman Lewis lived every aspect of the movement: he was beaten several times, arrested more, elected and then deposed as head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, finally entering politics. This memoir is testimony to an incredible era.
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