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: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle, With a New Preface
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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