The Pulitzer Prize winning book, Parting the Waters; America in the King Years 1954-1963
by Taylor Branch
will continue to guide our discussion of the early years of the Civil Rights Movement. The spring study
group will discuss Chapters 13–23 (participation in the fall class is not required). Documentary films will
be used to make the people, places, and events from 1961 to 1963 come alive. The story takes place in the heart of the old South. It’s about the beginning of organized voter registration drives in Mississippi and desegregation efforts in Alabama and Georgia. The Albany and Birmingham Movements launched sit-ins, boycotts of downtown businesses, and mass marches. Watching the evening news, the nation saw local police using fire hoses and attack dogs on children, and the dimensions of the Civil Rights Movements
became part of the national and international consciousness. This historical period culminates in the March on Washington in August 1963 where 200,000 people, both black and white, gathered to show support for justice, equality and meaningful civil rights legislation. The book ends with the assassination of President Kennedy in November of 1963. The new President Johnson told the nation that “the most fitting eulogy would be swift passage of his civil rights bill.” Join us!