Voices of Freedom An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through The 1980s

ISBN-10: 0553352326

ISBN-13: 9780553352320

Edition: 1990

Authors: Henry Hampton, Steve Fayer, Harold Frazer

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In this monumental volume, Henry Hampton, creator and executive producer of the acclaimed PBS series Eyes on the Prize, and Steve Fayer, series writer, draw upon nearly one thousand interviews with civil rights activists, politicians, reporters, Justice Department officials, and hundreds of ordinary people who took part in the struggle, weaving a fascinating narrative of the civil rights movement told by the people who lived it. Join brave and terrified youngsters walking through a jeering mob and up the steps of Central High School in Little Rock. Share in the pivotal confrontation between the Freedom Riders and Klansmen. Sit in on  the founding of the Black Panther party with Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Listen to the vivid voices of the ordinary people who manned the barricades, the laborers, the students, the housewives without whom there would have been no civil rights movements at all. Read the memorable words of Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Tom Hayden, Walter Mondale, Muhammad Ali, Angela Davis, Jessie Jackson , and many more. This remarkable oral history brings to life country's great struggle for civil rights as no conventional narrative can.  You will hear the voices of those who defied the blackjacks, who went to jail, who witnessed and policed the movement; of those who stood for and against it - voices from the heart of America. Marches and murders, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, JFK and LBJ--from the bus boycott in Montgomery to busing in Boston, from the marches on Selma to the riots in Miami, Voices of Freedom illuminates the long, impassioned, sometimes painful and sometimes joyful struggle for a truly democratic society that continues today.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Henry Hampton, who died in 1998, was the creator and executive producer ofEyes on the Prize, one of more than 40 film projects he developed with his company Blackside, Inc., the largest African-American-owned film production company of its time. Hampton became one of the world's most respected documentary filmmakers as he chronicled the 20th century's great political and social movements, focusing on the lives of the poor and disenfranchised. Steve Fayer was the series writer forEyes on the Prize.

Mitchell Symons was born in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied Law. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. Currently he writes an award-winning column for the Sunday Express.

Table of Contents Preface: Toward a More Perfect Union
Acknowledgments Project
Emmett Till, 1955: “I Wanted the Whole World to See”
The Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-6: “Like a Revival Starting”
The Little Rock Crisis, 1957-58: “I Had Cracked the Wall”
Student Sit-ins in Nashville, 1960: “A Badge of Honor”
Freedom Rides, 1961: “Sticks and Bricks”
Albany, Georgia, 1961-2: “The Mother Lode”
James Meredity Enters Ole Miss, 1962: “Things Would Never Be the Same”
Birmingham, 1963: “Something Has Got to Change”
Organizing in Mississippi, 1961-3: “The Reality of What We Were Doing Hit Me”
The March on Washington, 1963: “They Voted with Their Feet”
The Sixteenth Street Church Bombing, 1963: “You Realized How Intense the Opposition Was”
Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964: “Representation and the Right to Participate”
Selma, 1965: “Troopers, Advance”
Malcolm X (1925-1965): “Our Own Black Shining Prince!”
The Lowndes County Freedom Organization, 1965-6: “Vote for the Panther, Then Go Home”
The Meredith March, 1966: “Hit Them Now”
Chicago, 1966: “Chicago Was a Symbol”
Muhammad Ali, 1964-7 “His Philosophy Made It Impossible Not to Take a Stand”
Birth of the Black Panthers, 1966-7: “We Wanted Control!”
Detroit, 1967: “Inside of Most Black People There Was a Time Bomb”
The Election of Carl Stokes, 1967: “We Had to Be Organized”
Howard University, 1967-8: “You Saw the Silhouette of Her Afro”
King’s Last Crusade, 1967-8: “We’ve Got Some Difficult Days Ahead”
Resurrection City, 1968: “The End of a Major Battle”
Ocean Hill-Brownsville, 1967-8: “Everything Became More Political”
The Black Panthers, 1968-9: “How Serious and Deadly the Game”
Attica and Prisoners’ Rights, 1971: “There’s Always Time to Die”
The Gary Convention, 1972: “Unity Without Uniformity”
Busing in Boston, 1974-6: “As if Some Alien Was Coming into the School”
Atlanta and Affirmative Action, 1973-80: “The Politics of Inclusion”
Epilogue: From Miami to America’s
Future For Further Reading “Eyes on the Prize” Project Staff and Funders
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