Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear
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Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear

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In 1962, James Meredith became a civil rights hero when he enrolled as the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he would make the news again when he reentered Mississippi, on foot. His plan was to walk from Memphis to Jackson, leading a “March Against Fear” that would promote black voter registration and defy the entrenched rac...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Frank Richardson
This book has my first 2 requirements. It is short (262 pages) and readable. It tells of the Meredith March against fear going from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi in 1962. Covering the role of all black leaders involves including the iconic James Meredith who is described as a loner, who continues to go his own way. The acerbic Stokely Carmichael and the thoughtful Martin Luther King also receive a great deal of space. The brutality the marchers endured
is described including the attempted murde...more
Sloan
Well-written piece of history about the civil rights movement with which I wasn't very familiar. On reading the book I learned that perhaps part of the reason for my ignorance was the fact the Commercial Appeal chose not to cover the march, apparently in the continuing hope that the "civil rights mess" would just go away.
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