Benjamin's Reviews > I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, With a New Preface

I've Got the Light of Freedom by Charles M. Payne
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it was amazing
bookshelves: black-freedom-struggle, mississippi

Bottom up, local history that reaches back to the roots, gives credit where it is due, includes women like Ella Baker, Septima Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer but also Laura McGhee, and goes beyond SNCC. Payne's interviews allow his work to stick with the struggle after the media leaves and tell us the story from before they got there. If Payne quotes people, then he doesn't "correct" their speech, which I appreciate because there are subtle layers of meaning that get lost otherwise. When I first started reading this, it was like returning to a familiar setting and characters, but there is so much more in here than the usual suspects, delightful as they are. I loved this book.
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Reading Progress

August 29, 2013 – Shelved
August 29, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
December 3, 2016 – Shelved as: black-freedom-struggle
July 24, 2017 – Shelved as: mississippi
September 27, 2019 – Started Reading
October 25, 2019 – Finished Reading

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