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To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement (New York Times)

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A personal history of the civil rights movement from an activist and acclaimed journalist begins at the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barak Obama and journeys back through the decades, offering witness to the events of the social movement that changed the course of United States history.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Square Fish (first published January 3rd 2012)
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Amber Berry
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume, published in 2012, does a decent job of highlighting events of the Civil Rights Movement in the US during the years 1959 to 1965. It begins with some reflections on the inauguration of President Obama, which is portrayed as reaching one mountaintop and the idea of standing on the shoulders of those who paved the way.
I think this would be a good starting book for a student (middle school aged) to learn an overview and then perhaps choose a group, event or person to study more deeply.
Melissa Wickelhaus

Part history of the civil rights movement and part memoir, To the Mountaintop follows the personal story of Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an activist and journalist. She uses the inauguration of Barack Obama as an opportunity to look back on her own involvement in the civil rights movement. She tells her story of being one of two black students who forced the integration of the University of Georgia, and relates the events that took place as a part of the civil rights mo
Erin Brinkley
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I would recommend this nonfiction book to a middle school or high school History teacher who is teaching the Civil Rights movement and how far America has come with equal rights. A History teacher could use this resource for a research project. The teacher could break down different events that are mentioned throughout the book and have a group of students create a visual displaying the event that lead to equal rights for African Americans. This resource has a lot of information, such as a timel ...more
Meg Petersen
This was okay. I was hoping for more than I got.
Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: TO THE MOUNTAINTOP: MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Roaring Brook/NY Times, January 2012, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-5964-3605-3

"There's been times that I thought
I wouldn't last for long
But now I think I'm able to carry on
It's been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh yes it will"
-- Sam Cooke (1963)

"The white girls on the second floor had also been told to turn off their lights so my room would be the only one with lights and
Edward Sullivan
This book is really more a chronicle of the Civil Rights Movement from 1959-1965, bookended by reflections on the election of President Obama, than a memoir. Hunter-Gault was one of the first two black students to attend the University of Georgia but she disappointingly does not recount the experience in any great depth. As a history of the Civil Rights Movement, the book is interesting for Hunter-Gault's personal reflections on some pivotal events but they are not terribly insightful. There are ...more
Cathy Blackler
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Award -winning Journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault uses the Inauguration of President Obama to examine the giants on whose shoulders he has stood; among them, her very own. An intimate look at the Civil Rights movement through Hunter-Gault's eyes and personal experiences as one of two Black students admitted to all-white Georgia University. I am forever grateful to people such as Hunter-Gault for sharing their candid experiences with the rest of the world. A powerful account complete with archival ...more
Janice  Durante
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, biography, arc
Acclaimed NPR journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault gives a vivid and inspiring account of how she “stood on the shoulders of giants” in fulfilling her own significant role in the Civil Rights movement. Read my review at Books of Wonder & Wisdom
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was anticipating a memoir and this book provided more of a overview of the civil rights movement. Information was interesting and there were some novel stories. However, overall I was hoping for a more personal reflection than an informational text. Did appreciate the connections to the 2009 inauguration of Obama- provided a nice context.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the way this book incorporates New York Times articles and actual pictures of the times. Very interesting. I don't know if they did this on purpose or if it's just cheap paper but I also liked how the pages of this book even feel like your reading a newspaper.
Top Ten Black History Books for Youth 2013 (Booklist)
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written for middle school and young adult readers.
Gwen the Librarian
I really wanted to like this Civil Rights memoir by the NPR personality, but I just found it so, so boring.
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A very good book on the Civil Rights Movement. I love that it was organized by year. It had many pictures and some information I had not previously seen or read in the many other books on the movement I have studied. It gives a nice overview of the major events between 1959 and 1965. I also really appreciated the inclusion of copies of the front pages of newspapers, as well as the full text versions of the related articles.
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