Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 10, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
The award-winning national bestseller, Walking with the Wind, is one of the most important records of the American civil rights movement as told by a true American hero, John Lewis, who Cornel West called a “national treasure.” An eloquent and gripping first-hand account of the turbulent struggle for civil rights and the willingness and courage to change the course of history.

Forty years ago, a teenaged boy named John Lewis stepped off a cotton farm in Alabama and into the epicenter of the struggle for civil rights in America. The ideals of nonviolence which guided that critical time of American history established him as one of the movement's most charismatic and courageous leaders.

Lewis's leadership in the Nashville Movement—a student-led effort to desegregate the city of Nashville using sit-in techniques based on the teachings of Gandhi—established him as one of the movement's defining figures and set the tone for the major civil rights campaigns of the 1960s. During this decade, he was repeatedly a victim of violence and intimidation, but his singular belief in non-violent action, inspired by his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, was a defining characteristic of his leadership and vision. In 1986, he ran and won a congressional seat in Georgia, and remains in office to this day.

Walking with the Wind is the story of an American hero. A boy from rural Alabama whose journey led him to Washington, and whose vision and perseverance changed a nation.
 

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I read this, and a slew of other civil rights biographies, during my first month of motherhood after having taken an amazing class on the Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movements of the 1960s. I ... Read full review

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Georgia congressman Lewis (with journalist D'Orso's help) crafts a passionate, principled, and absorbing first-person account of the civil-rights movement—dramatic, well-paced history fired by moral ... Read full review

Contents

RAISE UP THE RUG 1 75
177
KEEP YOUR STICK DOWN
232
UHURU
262
FREEDOM FIGHTERS
283
INTO SELMA
300
GOING D OVVN
348
DE ELECTION 3 63
363
WHY?
393
THE NEW SOUTH 42 5
425
O LD GHOSTS 4 52
452
IND EX
504
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John Lewis is the US Representative for Georgia’s fifth district, a position he has held since 1987.

Michael D’Orso is the author of sixteen books, which include Oceana, Plundering Paradise, and The Cost of Courage. His work has been featured or reviewed in The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and other publications.