The civil rights movement lead by Martin Luther King, Jr. and other black church leaders had a profound impact on U.S. society. Dorrien explores King’s forebears, their influence on his philosophy, and how King brought their intellectual thinking into the political sphere.
A selection of some of our newest titles examining key moments and figures in Civil Rights history, along with some demonstrating why the struggle continues.
Robbie Tolan’s hope of a baseball career ended the night a white police officer accused him of stealing his own car, in his parent’s driveway, and shot him in the chest. His career ruined due to his injuries, Tolan spent nearly a decade pursuing justice, culminating in a Supreme Court decision already cited in thousands of cases involving police brutality.
When Martin Luther King, Jr. expanded Operation Breadbasket to Chicago he chose theological seminary student Jesse Jackson to lead the program. Under Jackson’s leadership Breadbasket brought thousands of new jobs and millions in income to the black community. Deppe, a member of Operation Breadbasket’s steering committee, details those years in this history/memoir.
This is an intimate look at the last 31 hours of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. Exhausted from his speaking schedule, facing dissent from within the movement, and on the eve of leading a march for Memphis sanitation workers, he delivered his prophetic “Mountaintop Speech,” and was assassinated the next day.
On Sunday March 7, 1965, Alabama state troopers brutalized nearly 600 peaceful marchers as they attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The violence and horror of what happened that day was one of the pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement.
While acts of civil disobedience were the engine of the Civil Rights Movement, the law provided the framework for these events. In this book, 26 lawyers who played key roles in some of the most dramatic moments in civil rights history tell their stories in their own words.
This timely book examines the history of the African American athlete as activist and revolutionary. It includes accounts from the black press to help illustrate the role athletes played in the Civil Rights Movement.