Reviews and Blog Posts: Civil Rights Movement

Faubourg Tremé the untold story of Black New Orleans

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This is an informative and moving documentary. It accomplishes mixing the rich history of the Faubourg Treme with contemporary momentous footage. Created and narrated by a resident of Treme, the documentary outlines the neighborhood from its origin through the birth of civil rights and jazz and the devastation of Hurricane...

March. Book one

by John Lewis

Unbelievably, Congressman John Lewis (Georgia) was not awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the Civil Rights Movement until 2011. In March, book one of a planned trilogy, I learned about Congressman Lewis' life as a young boy in Alabama and his families migration North. He also...

The Legacy of Rosa Parks

December 1st marks the 56th anniversary of Rosa Park's arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. She worked tirelessly side-by-side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launching him as a key figure in the struggle for equality. Her quiet and courageous act changed America and redirected the course of history.

When asked to explain her actions on that day she detailed her motivation in her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story:
“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."

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