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Extraordinary people of the civil rights movement
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New York : Children's Press, c2007.
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288 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Asa Philip Randolph -- Zephaniah Alexander Looby -- Roy Wilkins -- Charles Hamilton Houston -- Edgar Daniel Nixon -- Ella Josephine Baker -- Septima Poinsette Clark -- Modjeska Monteith Simkins -- Myles Hornton -- Thurgood Marshall -- Isaiah De Quincy Newman -- Fannie Lou Hamer -- Constance Baker Motley -- Ernest Withers -- Clarence Mitchell -- Bayard Taylor Rustin -- James Leonard Farmer -- Avon Nyanza Williams -- Aaron Henry -- Amzie Moore -- Daisy Bates -- Joseph Lowery -- Fred Lee Shuttlesworth -- Charles Evers -- Mae Bertha Carter -- Malcolm Little, a.k.a. Malcolm X, El Hajj, Malik El Shabazz -- Harold "Harry" George Belafonte -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Andrew Young -- Cordy Tindell Vivian -- Ralph Abernathy -- Coretta Scott King -- Dorothy Foreman Cotton -- Unita Blackwell -- Medgar Evers -- Hosea Williams -- James Lawson -- Richard "Dick" Claxton Gregory -- Walter Fauntroy.
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Real-life stories of struggle, achievement, victory, and sometimes loss that are an ideal companion for history, social science, language and geography studies. The Extroardinary People series is the perfect starter for students who want to know more about the people who shaped their world, focusing on the unique histories of people from every culture, and every walk of life.

Author Notes

P Stephen Hardy is the author of several nonfiction books for children.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This refreshing book looks at the achievements of seldom-mentioned leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, filling a gap in the literature of the period. In addition to biographical sketches of 61 key individuals and organizations of the era, most of which are accompanied by a black-and-white photograph, the text provides an overview of the events leading up to the movement. The profiles begin with Asa Philip Randolph and end with Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. The book also looks at the Greensboro Four, the Freedom Riders, and those who were killed in the often-forgotten Orangeburg massacre. In short, this title recounts countless acts of raw courage and heroism from ordinary people who did extraordinary things, risking their own lives. This is a time that must be remembered, and these are people who deserve to be celebrated. This book does just those things.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

This chronologically arranged volumes in the Extraordinary People series covers "extraordinary achievers." Biographical entries on 53 individuals such as Fannie Lou Hamer and Robert Moses are joined by topical entries highlighting a few groups and key events from the 1960s. Entries are three or four pages long and include at least one black-and-white illustration. Other features are paragraph-length entries on an additional 27 people, a glossary, and a list of resources "To Find Out More." --Mary Ellen Quinn Copyright 2007 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Timeline of Key Events, 1954-1968p. 11
Asa Philip Randolph: (1889-1979) Union Leader and Organizerp. 17
Charles Hamilton Houston: (1895-1950) Chief Legal Counsel for the NAACPp. 21
Septima Poinsette Clark: (1898-1987) Civil Rights Activist and Educatorp. 25
Zephaniah Alexander Looby: (1899-1972) Attorneyp. 29
Edgar Daniel Nixon: (1899-1987) Civil Rights Activist, Alabamap. 33
Modjeska Monteith Simkins: (1899-1992) Civil Rights Activist, South Carolinap. 36
Roy Wilkins: (1901-1981) Journalist and Executive Secretary of the NAACPp. 40
Ella Josephine Baker: (1903-1986) Executive Director of the SCLC and Leader of the SNCCp. 43
Myles Horton: (1905-1990) Founder of the Highlander Folk Schoolp. 47
Thurgood Marshall: (1908-1993) U.S. Supreme Court Justicep. 51
Clarence Mitchell Jr.: (1911-1984) Lawyer and Lobbyistp. 55
Amzie Moore: (1911-1982) Civil Rights Activist, Mississippip. 59
Isaiah DeQuincey Newman: (1911-1985) Civil Rights Activist, South Carolinap. 63
Bayard Taylor Rustin: (1912-1987) Cofounder of the SCLCp. 66
Daisy Bates: (1914-1999) Friend and Adviser to the Little Rock Ninep. 70
Fannie Lou Hamer: (1917-1977) Civil Rights Activist and Cofounder of the MFDPp. 75
James Leonard Farmer Jr.: (1920-1999) Civil Rights Leader, Cofounder of COREp. 79
Dr. Joseph Lowery: (1921-) Civil Rights Activist, Alabamap. 84
Constance Baker Motley: (1921-2005) Attorney, Politician, Federal Judgep. 87
Avon Nyanza Williams Jr.: (1921-1994) Attorneyp. 90
Fred Lee Shuttlesworth: (1922-) Civil Rights Leader, Cofounder of the SCLCp. 94
Ernest C. Withers: (1922-) Photographerp. 97
Aaron Henry: (1922-1997) Civil Rights Leader, Mississippip. 100
Charles Evers: (1922-) Civil Rights Activist, Mississippip. 104
Mae Bertha Carter: (1923-1999) Civil Rights Activist, Mississippip. 107
Cordy Tindell Vivian: (1924-) Civil Rights Activist, Tennesseep. 111
Medgar Evers: (1925-1963) Civil Rights Leaderp. 114
Malcolm Little, a.k.a. Malcoln X, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz: (1925-1965) Civil Rights Leaderp. 119
Ralph Abernathy: (1926-1990) Civil Rights Leaderp. 124
Hosea Williams: (1926-2000) Civil Rights Activist and Organizerp. 127
Harold "Harry" George Belafonte Jr.: (1927-) Singer, Actor, Producer, Activist, and Humanitarianp. 131
Coretta Scott King: (1927-2006) First Lady of the Civil Rights Movementp. 135
James Lawson: (1928-) Civil Rights Leaderp. 139
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: (1929-1968) Civil Rights Leaderp. 143
Dorothy Foreman Cotton: (c. 1931-) Civil Rights Leader, Educatorp. 149
Richard "Dick" Claxton Gregory: (1932-) Comedian, Civil Rights Activist, Authorp. 152
Andrew Jackson Young Jr.: (1932-) Civil Rights Leaderp. 156
Unita Blackwell: (1933-) Civil Rights Leader, Mississippip. 159
Walter Fauntroy: (1933-) Civil Rights Activist and Lobbyistp. 163
James Meredith: (1933-) Civil Rights Activist, Mississippip. 167
Myrlie Evers-Williams: (1933-) Civil Rights Leaderp. 171
Robert "Bob" Moses: (1935-) Civil Rights Activist, Organizer, and Educatorp. 174
Marion Shepilov Barry Jr.: (1936-) Civil Rights Leader, Politicianp. 177
Dr. James Luther Bevel: (1936-) Civil Rights Leaderp. 181
Diane Nash: (1938-) Civil Rights Activist, Tennesseep. 186
Horace Julian Bond: (1940-) Civil Rights Leader and Journalistp. 190
John R. Lewis: (1940-) Civil Rights Leader, Politicianp. 194
James Zwerg: (1940-) Civil Rights Activistp. 198
Stokely Carmichael, a.k.a. Kwame Toure: (1941-1998) Civil Rights Leaderp. 202
Jesse Louis Jackson Sr.: (1941-) Civil Rights Leader, Politicianp. 206
Emmett Till: (1941-1955) Innocent Victimp. 210
Dr. James Edward Orange: (1942-) Civil Rights Activist, Alabamap. 214
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon: (1942-) Civil Rights Activist, Singer, Composer, and Scholarp. 217
The Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: (1955) Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin, and Rosa Parksp. 221
The Greensboro Four: (1960) Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr., and David Richmondp. 226
The Freedom Rides: (1961)p. 230
Freedom Summer: (1964)p. 235
From Selma to Montgomery: Marching for the Vote: (1965)p. 240
The Martyrs of the Orangeburg Massacre: (1968) Henry Smith, Samuel Hammond Jr., DeLano Middleton, and Cleveland Sellersp. 244
The Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike: (1968)p. 248
Resurrection City and the Poor People's Campaign: (1968)p. 253
More Extraordinary People of the Civil Rights Movementp. 257
Glossaryp. 268
To Find Out Morep. 272
Indexp. 279
About the Authorsp. 288
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