On the Road to Freedom (Paperback)

A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail

By Charles E. Cobb Jr.

Algonquin Books, 9781565124394, 388pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2008

List Price: 18.95*
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Description

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.


Praise For On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail

On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail is another chance for us to learn, remember and be proud of a group of people who struggled to make changes without seeing what vacation days we have. . . . Cobb's book will certainly make you think about places you are familiar with where change happened and how it affected you."-- The State