WE SHALL OVERCOME by Fred Powledge


Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
Age Range: 12 & up
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 A powerful, sympathetic account outlining the Movement's various campaigns, presenting the personal experiences of ten ``ordinary'' civil rights workers from a variety of backgrounds, and making clear the heroism required of ``grass-roots'' participants. The profiles will be of immense value to readers who want to know how it felt to struggle actively against entrenched racism; Powledge's passionate language, accessible style, and logical organization will also attract less committed young people. Unlike Walter's Mississippi Challenge (1992), this continues the story after the Vietnamese conflict took over public attention; each profile shows how the experience of activism influenced the person's subsequent life. Powledge also discusses the way the Movement stimulated other liberation movements worldwide, and gives these activists a chance to pass on what they learned to young people today: as one said, ``You have the ability to make change, just as we did.'' Highly recommended. Photos & index not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: April 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-684-19362-0
Page count: 214pp
Publisher: Scribner
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1993