On the Road to Freedom

On the Road to Freedom

A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail

By Charles E. Cobb, Jr.; Charles E. Cobb Jr

Algonquin Books, Paperback, 9781565124394, 388pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2008

This in-depth look at the civil rights movement goes to the places where pioneers of the movement marched, sat-in at lunch counters, gathered in churches; where they spoke, taught, and organized; where they were arrested, where they lost their lives, and where they triumphed.
Award-winning journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr., a former organizer and field secretary for SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), knows the journey intimately. He guides us through Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, back to the real grassroots of the movement. He pays tribute not only to the men and women etched into our national memory but to local people whose seemingly small contributions made an impact. We go inside the organizations that framed the movement, travel on the "Freedom Rides" of 1961, and hear first-person accounts about the events that inspired "Brown vs. Board of Education."
An essential piece of American history, this is also a useful travel guide with maps, photographs, and sidebars of background history, newspaper coverage, and firsthand interviews.

About the Author
Charles E. Cobb Jr. originated the " Freedom School" proposal that became a crucial part of the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. A founding member of the Nnational Association of Black Journalists, Cobb has reported for WHUR Radio in Washington, D.C.; NPR; PBS's "Frontline"; and "National Geographic". Cobb is a senior writer for AllAfrica.com.

Charles E. Cobb, Jr., is a SNCC veteran and author of "On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail".