A Mighty Long Way

My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

Author: Carlotta Walls Lanier,Lisa Frazier Page

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 9780345517241

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 1660

BONUS: This edition contains an A Mighty Long Way discussion guide. When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the landscape of America. For Carlotta and the eight other children, simply getting through the door of this admired academic institution involved angry mobs, racist elected officials, and intervention by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to escort the Nine into the building. But entry was simply the first of many trials. Breaking her silence at last and sharing her story for the first time, Carlotta Walls has written an engrossing memoir that is a testament not only to the power of a single person to make a difference but also to the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.

A Mighty Long Way

My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

Author: Carlotta Walls Lanier,Bill Clinton,Lisa Frazier Page

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 0345511018

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 4279

A personal account of the nation's most famous school integration recounts the author's decision to attend Little Rock's all-white Central High and describes how subsequent events affected her family's beliefs about dedication, perseverance, and sacrifice.

A Mighty Long Way

My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

Author: Carlotta Walls LaNier

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 034551100X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 284

View: 8685

An insider's account of the nation's most famous school integration recounts how the author made the decision to attend Arkansas's all-white Central High because of geographical practicality rather than a sense of heroism, describing how subsequent events affected her family's beliefs about dedication, perseverance, and sacrifice. By the co-author of the best-selling The Pact.

Little Rock Girl 1957

How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration

Author: Shelley Tougas

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 0756544408

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 1727

Explores and analyzes the historical context and significance of the newspaper photograph of African American Elizabeth Eckford trying to enter Little Rock, Arkansas's all-white Central High School in 1957.

Simple, Not Easy

Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility and Tolerance

Author: Terrence J. Roberts

Publisher: Parkhurst Brothers Incorporated Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 191

View: 3319

Key speeches and public addresses by the noted African-American psychologist and educator reflect the Congressional Gold Medal winner's core values and concerns on such topics as ethics, racism, community, family, education, and the personal impact of being one of the Little Rock Nine in 1957.

Shizuko's Daughter

Author: Kyoko Mori

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 1466876743

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4971

Shizuko's Daughter by Kyoko Mori An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A New York Times Notable Book After her mother's suicide when she is twelve years old, Yuki spends years living with her distant father and his resentful new wife, cut off from her mother's family, and relying on her own inner strength to cope with the tragedy.

Elizabeth and Hazel

Two Women of Little Rock

Author: David Margolick

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300141939

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 310

View: 3244

Looks at the lives of the two women at the center of a famous historic photograph taken during the Little Rock school desegregation crisis in 1957--one, a black girl being harrassed by a mob; the other, a white teen at the center of the mob--in a book that discusses how each dealt with the fallout from that fateful day.

Fire from the Rock

Author: Sharon Draper

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440651366

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 240

View: 7056

Sylvia is shocked and confused when she is asked to be one of the first black students to attend Central High School, which is scheduled to be integrated in the fall of 1957, whether people like it or not. Before Sylvia makes her final decision, smoldering racial tension in the town ignites into flame. When the smoke clears, she sees clearly that nothing is going to stop the change from coming. It is up to her generation to make it happen, in as many different ways as there are colors in the world.

Ripples Of Hope

Great American Civil Rights Speeches

Author: Josh Gottheimer

Publisher: Civitas Books

ISBN: 078674765X

Category: History

Page: 568

View: 7139

Including a never-before published speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., this is the first compilation of its kind, bringing together the most influential and important voices from two hundred years of America's struggle for civil rights, including essential speeches from leaders, both famous and obscure. With voices as diverse as Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk, Betty Friedan, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth, this anthology constitutes a unique chronicle of the nation's civil rights movements and the critical issues they've tackled, from slavery and suffrage to immigration and affirmative action.This is an indispensable compilation of the words --the ripples of hope--that, collectively, have changed American history.

Simple Justice

The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality

Author: Richard Kluger

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 030754608X

Category: Law

Page: 880

View: 6650

Simple Justice is the definitive history of the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education and the epic struggle for racial equality in this country. Combining intensive research with original interviews with surviving participants, Richard Kluger provides the fullest possible view of the human and legal drama in the years before 1954, the cumulative assaults on the white power structure that defended segregation, and the step-by-step establishment of a team of inspired black lawyers that could successfully challenge the law. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of the unanimous Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation, Kluger has updated his work with a new final chapter covering events and issues that have arisen since the book was first published, including developments in civil rights and recent cases involving affirmative action, which rose directly out of Brown v. Board of Education. From the Trade Paperback edition.

March Forward, Girl

From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine

Author: Melba Pattillo Beals

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1328919153

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 208

View: 5019

From the legendary civil rights activist and author of the million-copy selling Warriors Don't Cry comes an ardent and profound childhood memoir of growing up while facing adversity in the Jim Crow South. Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn’t she drink from a "whites only" fountain? Why couldn’t she feel safe beyond home—or even within the walls of church? Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Beals had the heart of a fighter—and the knowledge that her true place was a free one. Combined with emotive drawings and photos, this memoir paints a vivid picture of Beals’ powerful early journey on the road to becoming a champion for equal rights, an acclaimed journalist, a best-selling author, and the recipient of this country’s highest recognition, the Congressional Gold Medal.

The Pact

Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream

Author: Sampson Davis,George Jenkins,Rameck Hunt,Lisa Frazier Page

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781573229890

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 263

View: 2841

Follows the experiences of the authors, three friends who grew up in impoverished families in Newark, New Jersey, and who supported one another in their dreams of becoming doctors in spite of tremendous disadvantages.

No Struggle, No Progress

A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform

Author: Howard Fuller,Lisa Frazier Page

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781626000445

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 306

View: 6293

This book tells the story of one mans life journey in the heart of the struggle to reform the nation's schools. Fuller has always believed that it is important for poor and working class Black people to gain access to the levers of power dictating their lives. He believes that those of us who are educated and resourceful have a moral and historical responsibility to help them, and that is what he has always tried to do. Early in his life he found truth in the words of the great Frederick Douglass: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.” “So struggle we must” says Fuller. That understanding of the relationship between struggle and progress is what propelled him down dark alleys and dirt roads in some of North Carolina's poorest communities in the 1960s and pushed him into the bush, mountains, and war-torn villages of Africa nearly a decade later.“It is what pushes me still in the fight over one of the most contentious education issues of this era: parental choice. I believe deep in my heart that giving low-income and working class parents the power (and the money) to make choices about the schools their children attend will not only revolutionize education but provide the compass to a better life for the many poor, Black children stuck in failing systems. … Education reform is one of the most crucial social justice issues of our time, and I will spend the rest of my days fighting for my people, most especially those without the power or the resources to fight for themselves.”

The Class of '65

A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness

Author: Jim Auchmutey

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610393554

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 6091

In the midst of racial strife, one young man showed courage and empathy. It took forty years for the others to join him… Being a student at Americus High School was the worst experience of Greg Wittkamper’s life. Greg came from a nearby Christian commune, Koinonia, whose members devoutly and publicly supported racial equality. When he refused to insult and attack his school’s first black students in 1964, Greg was mistreated as badly as they were: harassed and bullied and beaten. In the summer after his senior year, as racial strife in Americus—and the nation—reached its peak, Greg left Georgia. Forty-one years later, a dozen former classmates wrote letters to Greg, asking his forgiveness and inviting him to return for a class reunion. Their words opened a vein of painful memory and unresolved emotion, and set him on a journey that would prove healing and saddening. The Class of ’65 is more than a heartbreaking story from the segregated South. It is also about four of Greg’s classmates—David Morgan, Joseph Logan, Deanie Dudley, and Celia Harvey—who came to reconsider the attitudes they grew up with. How did they change? Why, half a lifetime later, did reaching out to the most despised boy in school matter to them? This noble book reminds us that while ordinary people may acquiesce to oppression, we all have the capacity to alter our outlook and redeem ourselves.

Indivisible

Poems for Social Justice

Author: Gail Bush,Randy Meyer

Publisher: Norwood House Press

ISBN: 1603574174

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 94

View: 2916

"Anthology including over 50 works of poetry by 20th century writers on issues related to social justice in American society. Foreword by COMMON"--

Little Rock Nine

Author: Marshall Poe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416950664

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 120

View: 2185

William makes friends with Thomas, the son of his family's black maid, and they both become involved with an attempt to integrate a high school in their town of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Journey to Justice

Author: Johnnie L. Cochran

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780345413673

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 373

View: 983

The lead defense attorney in the O.J. Simpson murder trial describes his childhood, his career in the L.A. district attorney's office, landmark cases in which he was involved, and the Simpson case

In Black and White

The Life of Sammy Davis Junior

Author: Wil Haygood

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0804172528

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

View: 9331

He was, for decades, one of the most recognizable figures in the cultural landscape, his image epitomizing a golden age of American show business. His career spanned a lifetime, but for years he has remained hidden behind the persona he so vigorously generated, and so fiercely protected. Now, in this surprising, illuminating, and compulsively readable biography, we are taken beyond the icon, into the extraordinary, singular life of Sammy Davis, Jr. In scrupulous detail and with stunning powers of evocation, Wil Haygood takes us back to the era of vaudeville, where it all began for four-year-old Sammy who ran out onstage one night and stole the show. From then on it was a motherless childhood on the road, singing and dancing his way across a segregated America with his father and the formidable showman Will Mastin, struggling together to survive the Depression and the demise of vaudeville itself. With an ambition honed by poverty and an obsessive need for applause, Sammy drove his way into the nightclub circuit of the 1940s and 1950s, when, his father and Mastin aging and out of style, he slowly began to make a name for himself, hustling his way to top billing and eventually to recording contracts. From there, he was to stake his claim on Broadway, in Hollywood, and, of course, in Las Vegas. Haygood brings Sammy’s showbiz life into full relief against the backdrop of an America in the throes of racial change. Sammy grew up trapped between the worlds of blacks and whites, with so much invested in both. He made his living entertaining white people but was often denied service in the very venues he played. Drafted into a newly integrated U.S. Army in the 1940s, he saw up close the fierce tensions that seethed below the surface. Dragged into the civil rights movement, he witnessed a hatred that often erupted into violence. In his broad and varied friendships and alliances (with Frank Sinatra; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Richard Nixon; Sidney Poitier; Marilyn Monroe, to name just a few), not to mention his romances (his relationship with Kim Novak and his marriage to the blond beauty May Britt drew death threats), he forged uncharted paths across racial lines. Admired and reviled by both blacks and whites, he was tormented all his life by raging insecurities, and never quite came to terms with his own skin. Ultimately, his only true sense of his identity was as a performer. Based on painstaking research and more than 250 interviews, Wil Haygood brings us a sweeping and vivid cultural history of the twentieth century, chronicling black entertainment from its beginnings and the birth of popular culture as we know it. In Black and White transcends simple biography to become an important record, both celebratory and elegiacal, of a vanished America and its greatest entertainer.

Warriors Don't Cry

Author: Melba Beals

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416948821

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 240

View: 2225

The author describes the threats and emotional abuse she endured from white student and adults along with her fears of endangering her family as she commited to being one of the first African American students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

Living and Dying in Brick City

Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.

Author: Sampson Davis,Lisa Frazier Page

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0679605185

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 8117

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their book The Pact and their work through the Three Doctors Foundation have inspired countless young men and women to strive for goals they otherwise would not have dreamed they could attain. In this book, Dr. Davis looks at the healthcare crisis in the inner city from a rare perspective: as a doctor who works on the front line of emergency medical care in the community where he grew up, and as a member of that community who has faced the same challenges as the people he treats every day. He also offers invaluable practical advice for those living in such communities, where conditions like asthma, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and AIDS are disproportionately endemic. Dr. Davis’s sister, a drug addict, died of AIDS; his brother is now paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of a bar fight; and he himself did time in juvenile detention—a wake-up call that changed his life. He recounts recognizing a young man who is brought to the E.R. with critical gunshot wounds as someone who was arrested with him when he was a teenager during a robbery gone bad; describes a patient whose case of sickle-cell anemia rouses an ethical dilemma; and explains the difficulty he has convincing his landlord and friend, an older woman, to go to the hospital for much-needed treatment. With empathy and hard-earned wisdom, Living and Dying in Brick City presents an urgent picture of medical care in our cities. It is an important resource guide for anyone at risk, anyone close to those at risk, and anyone who cares about the fate of our cities. Praise for Living and Dying in Brick City “A pull-no-punches look at health care from a seldom-heard sector . . . Living and Dying isn’t a sky-is-falling chronicle. It’s a real, gutsy view of a city hospital.”—Essence “Gripping . . . a prescription to help kids dream bigger than their circumstances, from someone who really knows.”—People “[Dr. Davis] is really a local hero. His story has inspired so many of our young people, and he’s got his finger on the pulse of what is a challenge in Newark, and frankly all across America. . . . I think his book is going to make a big impact.”—Cory Booker “Some memoirs are heartfelt, some are informative and some are even important. Few, however, are all three. . . . As rare as it is for a book to be heartfelt, well written and inspirational, it’s even rarer for a critic to say that a book should be required reading. This ought to be included in high school curricula—for the kids in the suburbs who have no idea what life is like in the inner cities, and for the kids in the inner cities to know that there is a way out.”—The Star-Ledger “Dramatic and powerful.”—New York Daily News “This book just might save your life. Sampson Davis shares fascinating stories from the E.R. and addresses the inner-city health crisis. His book is an important investment in your most valuable resource: your health.”—Suze Orman, author of The Money Class