Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement

Mary King, Author William Morrow & Company $22.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-05772-5
This is a deeply felt insider's account of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), in which the authorwhite and a woman in her early 20sheld a key communications post at the height of the civil rights movement. While overlong, her book conveys the passionate commitment to social justice that drew her to SNCC and the all-encompassing role that the radical group played in her own life and that of other young college graduates. Tracing SNCC's work (from direct action to voter registration to political organizing) in the Deep South from 1962 to 1965, King brings to life the daily realities of civil rights activism while reflecting on self-discoveries that led her to question the status of women in the movement. There are sharp observations on SNCC figures (Julian Bond, Robert Moses, etc.), on the group's use of news media to gain credibility and on the factors that led to splits and confusion among its staff. The SNCC's main contribution to civil rightspolitical organizinghas yet to be recognized by historians, asserts King. (July 13)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1987
Release date: 06/01/1987
Paperback - 592 pages - 978-0-688-08251-2
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