OUR FACES - OUR WORDS by Lillian Smith


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In words taken down by Lillian Smith and photographs (not seen here) taken by Bob Adelman, members of the Movement make themselves, their motives and aspirations known. From North and South, city and country, rich and poor, Negro and fears. The range is from the simple, untutored words of a Negro boy from the South who says ""We have got to make you hear us say No and we have got to be sure you learn what it means"" to the reflections of the Teilhard du Chardin-reading student whose protected upbringing did not render him insensitive to injustice. The Vassar educated daughter of a prominent white Birmingham family speaks from a Mississippi jail; a Negro colleague probes the relationship of black and white within the Movement. Another student notes that there is something beyond rights: bodily need, as seen in the Mississippi Delta. There is the problem of the intruder: the violent man pretending to be non-violent, and the troublesome question of whether non-violence really works. These serious, searching words coming as they do from young, committed individuals, provide a moving insight, and should reach other students in particular.

Publisher: Norton