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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.
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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