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Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

Waking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement (Image from Amazon.com)

Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis with Michael D’Orso is a great read.  I have seen footage from the Civil Rights movement, documentary films, and heard a lot of the speeches from that time. But to read about this period from someone who lived it takes it on another level and really grabs you.  I felt it when I read two previous books on Lewis. I am sure I will feel it when I read another book about him or another member of the Civil Rights movement.

I especially felt that the last chapter, Onward, is just as relevant in 1998 when it first appeared in publication, as it does now.   Lewis was right then and his words are right now. The struggle does not stop for any of us.  We all need to know about the past to break the cycle of repetition. This includes fighting poverty, discrimination, hate crimes, re-segregating this country, and a lot more. As Lewis writes, it does get tiring, but it is a fight that cannot be stopped. There is too much on the line to do so.  

Walking in the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement
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