To the Mountaintop: My Journey through the Civil Rights Movement
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by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Flash Point (January 3, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches
“On January 20, 2009, 1.8 million people crowded onto the cold, hard grounds of the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. to witness the swearing in of the first black president of the United States of America… My husband, Ronald, and I had flown 16 hours from our home in Johannesburg, South Africa…
For me, it was the climax of an even longer journey, one that I had begun with thousands of others back in… the Civil Rights Movement. The inauguration was another milestone on the long walk to freedom from unjust laws and their consequences…
On the campaign trail in Selma, Alabama… Barack Obama [said], "I'm here because somebody marched for our freedom… I stand on the shoulders of giants."
President Obama does indeed stand on the shoulders of giants—thousands of determined men, women and young people who blazed a trail for him, just as [they] stood on the shoulders of giants who… never accepted the denial of their full humanity.”
—Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 1-5)
Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an accomplished reporter who, over the course of an enviable career, has won a couple of Emmys, a Peabody Award and been named the Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. While many might recognize her as a veteran television news correspondent from her stints at CNN, PBS and NPR or as a writer whose pieces have been published by the New Yorker and the New York Times, most folks are probably unaware of her critical contribution to the dismantling of the Jim Crow system of segregation during the Civil Rights Era.