Voices in Our Blood America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement

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Voices in Our Bloodis a literary anthology of the most important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement, past and present. It showcases what forty of the nation's best writers — including Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright — had to say about the central domestic drama of the American Century. Editor Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a wide range of black and white perspectives and experiences. The result is an unprecedented and powerful portrait of the movement's spirit and struggle, told through voices that resonate with passion and strength. Maya Angelou takes us on a poignant journey back to her childhood in the Arkansas of the 1930s. On the front page ofThe New York Times, James Reston marks the movement's apex as he describes what it was like to watch Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his heralded "I Have a Dream" speech in real time. Alice Walker takes up the movement's progress a decade later in her article"Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington."And John Lewis chronicles the unimaginable courage of the ordinary African Americans who challenged the prevailing order, paid for it in blood and tears, and justly triumphed. Voices in Our Bloodis a compelling look at the movement as it actually happened, from the days leading up to World War II to the anxieties and ambiguities of this new century. The story of race in America is a never-ending one, andVoices in Our Bloodtells us how we got this far—and how far we still have to go to reach the Promised Land.
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Jon Meacham was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 20, 1969. He received a degree in English literature at the University of the South. He joined Newsweek as a writer in 1995. Three years later, at the age of 29, he was promoted to managing editor, supervising coverage of politics, international affairs, and breaking news. In 2006, he was promoted to editor at Newsweek. He is currently an executive editor at Random House. He won the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House in 2009. His other works include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement. In 2013 his title Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. In the mid-1950s, she toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. In 1957, she recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she became a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in The Blacks, an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet. In 1960, she moved to Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she went to Ghana where she was features editor of The African Review and taught music and drama at the University of Ghana. In 1964, she moved back to the U.S. to become a civil rights activist by helping Malcolm X build his new coalition, the Organization of African American Unity, and became the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Even though she never went to college, she taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. In 1993, she became only the second poet in United States history to write and recite an original poem at a Presidential Inauguration when she read On the Pulse of Morning at President Bill Clinton's Inauguration Ceremony. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and Mom and Me and Mom. In 2011, President Barack Obama gave her the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She appeared in the movie Roots and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in the movie. She also played a part in the movie, How to Make an American Quilt and wrote and produced Afro-Americans in the Arts, a PBS special for which she received a Golden Eagle Award. She was a three-time Grammy winner. She died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86.

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in New York. Baldwin's father was a pastor who subjected his children to poverty, abuse, and religious fanaticism. As a result, many of Baldwin's recurring themes, such as alienation and rejection, are attributable to his upbringing. Living the life of a starving artist, Baldwin went through numerous jobs, including dishwasher, office boy, factory worker, and waiter. In 1948, he moved to France, where much work originated. Baldwin published Go Tell It on the Mountain in 1953. A largely autobiographical work, it tells of the religious awakening of a fourteen-year-old. In addition to his childhood experiences, his experiences as a black man and a homosexual provided inspiration for such works as Giovanni's Room, Nobody Knows My Name, and Another Country. Baldwin holds a distinguished place in American history as one of the foremost writers of both black and gay literature. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights movement. Baldwin succumbed to cancer on December 1, 1987.

Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1914 - April 16, 1994) has the distinction of being one of the few writers who has established a firm literary reputation on the strength of a single work of long fiction. Writer and teacher, Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma City, studied at Tuskegee Institute, and has lectured at New York, Columbia, and Fisk universities and at Bard College. He received the Prix de Rome from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955, and in 1964 he was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He has contributed short stories and essays to various publications. Invisible Man (1952), his first novel, won the National Book Award for 1953 and is considered an impressive work. It is a vision of the underground man who is also the invisible African American, and its possessor has employed this subterranean view and viewer to so extraordinary an advantage that the impression of the novel is that of a pioneer work. A book of essays, Shadow and Act, which discusses the African American in America and Ellison's Oklahoma boyhood, among other topics, appeared in 1964. Ralph Ellison died on April 16, 1994 of pancreatic cancer and was interred in a crypt at Trinity Church Cemetery in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan.

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eaton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

Introduction
Before the Storm
Inheritors of Slavery
Twelve Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro in the United States, 1941
North Toward Home
1967
Notes of a Native Son
1955
A Pageant of Birds
The New Republic, October 25, 1943
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Harper's Magazine, February 1970
Opera in Greenville
The New Yorker, June 14, 1947
Into the Streets
America Comes of Middle Age
He Went All the Way, September 22, 1955
Upon Such a Day, September 10, 1957
Next Day, September 12, 1957
The Soul's Cry, September 13, 1957
American Segregation and the World Crisis
The Segregation Decisions, November 10, 1955
The Moral Aspects of Segregation
The Segregation Decisions, November 10, 1955
The Cradle (of the Confederacy) Rocks
Go South to Sorrow, 1957
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years
1988
Prime Time
Colored People, 1994
Letter from the South
The New Yorker, April 7, 1956
Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South
1956
Travels with Charley
1962
Liar by Legislation
Look, June 28, 1955
Harlem Is Nowhere
Harper's Magazine, August 1964
An Interview with Malcolm X
A Candid Conversation with the Militant Major-domo of the Black Muslims, Playboy, May 1963
Wallace
1968
Mystery and Manners
1963
The Negro Revolt Against "The Negro Leaders"
Harper's Magazine, June 1960
The Mountaintop
"I Have a Dream ..."
The New York Times, August 29, 1963
Capital Is Occupied by a Gentle Army
The New York Times, August 29, 1963
Bloody Sunday
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, 1998
Mississippi: The Fallen Paradise
Harper's Magazine, April 1965
This Quiet Dust
Harper's Magazine, April 1965
When Watts Burned
Rolling Stone's The Sixties, 1977
After Watts
Violence in the City--An End or a Beginning? The New York Review of Books, March 31, 1966
The Brilliancy of Black
Esquire, January 1967
Representative
The New Yorker, April 1, 1967
The Second Coming of Martin Luther King
Harper's Magazine, August 1967
Martin Luther King Is Still on the Case
Esquire, August 1968
Twilight
"Keep On A-Walking, Children"
New American Review, January 1969
"We in a War--Or Haven't Anybody Told You That?"
Report from Black America, 1969
Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's
New York, June 8, 1970
Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington
The New York Times Magazine, August 26, 1973
A Hostile and Welcoming Workplace
The Rage of a Privileged Class, 1993
State Secrets
The New Yorker, May 29, 1995
Grady's Gift
The New York Times Magazine, December 1, 1991
Acknowledgments
Permissions Acknowledgments
Index
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