By Charles E. Cobb
This in-depth examine the civil rights circulation is going to the locations the place pioneers of the circulate marched, sat-in at lunch counters, accumulated in church buildings; the place they spoke, taught, and arranged; the place they have been arrested, the place they misplaced their lives, and the place they triumphed.
Award-winning journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr., a former organizer and box secretary for SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), is familiar with the adventure in detail. He courses us via Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, again to the true grassroots of the stream. He can pay tribute not just to the boys and ladies etched into our nationwide reminiscence yet to local community whose likely small contributions made an impression. We pass contained in the firms that framed the flow, go back and forth at the "Freedom Rides" of 1961, and listen to first-person bills in regards to the occasions that encouraged Brown vs. Board of Education.
an important piece of yankee heritage, this can be additionally an invaluable go back and forth advisor with maps, pictures, and sidebars of heritage historical past, newspaper insurance, and firsthand interviews.
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C . businesses thrived throughout the neighborhood. All the major civil rights organizations had offices here in the 1960s. And on the northwest corner of Fourteenth and U streets, a bottle thrown through the window of a Peoples Drug Store began the riot that erupted with the news of the assassination of Martin Luther King. A city government office building has now replaced the old store at this site. The combination of desegregation in downtown Washington and the riots resulted in years of decline and neglect.
In a reception area adjacent to the home, a seventeen-minute film on the life of Douglass can be viewed. Limited park ranger–led tours of the home can be taken as well if reservations are made in advance. Before Douglass bought Cedar Hill, it was forbidden for “any Negro mulatto or person of African blood” to buy land or a home in this neighborhood. So, in a sense we have come full circle with Douglass. From his roots as a slave, Douglass rose to prominence as an abolitionist and an eloquent spokesperson for his still-enslaved brethren.
SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON– CITY STEPCHILD Perhaps no area offers more spectacular views of Washington than the southeast section of the city, on the far side of the Anacostia River. Gazing at the federal monuments on the mall from its hillsides is like viewing an enormous historical postcard. It makes you want to write some message of America. Southeast Washington also contains some of the city’s poorest and most neglected neighborhoods. The area is home to the city’s greatest concentration of public housing and is frequently—and unfairly, in my view—written off as a neighborhood offering nothing but crime and danger.
On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail by Charles E. Cobb