By M. J. O'Brien,Julian Bond
Once in an exceptional whereas, a photo captures the essence of an period: 3 people--one black and white--demonstrate for equality at a lunch counter whereas a horde of cigarette-smoking hotshots pour catsup, sugar, and different condiments at the protesters' heads and down their backs. the picture moves a chord for all who lived via these turbulent occasions of a altering America.
The photo, which performs a crucial position within the book's views from frontline contributors, stuck a second while the uncooked virulence of racism crashed opposed to the defiance of visionaries. It now exhibits up frequently in books, magazines, movies, and museums that activity to provide an explanation for America's principally nonviolent civil rights battles of the overdue Fifties and early Sixties. but for the entire photograph's celebrated characteristics, the folk in it and the occasions they encouraged have in simple terms been sketched in civil rights histories. it isn't popular, for example, that it was once this occasion that sparked to lifestyles the civil rights circulate in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963. unfortunately, this similar sit-in and the protest occasions it encouraged resulted in the assassination of Medgar Evers, who was once prime the cost in Jackson for the NAACP. We Shall now not Be Moved places the Jackson Woolworth's sit-in into ancient context. half multifaceted biography, half well-researched historical past, this gripping narrative explores the hearts and minds of these engaging during this harrowing sit-in adventure. It was once an indication with out precedent in Mississippi--one that set the degree for a lot that will stick to within the altering dynamics of the state's racial politics, fairly in its capital city.