The Children

A remarkable true story of heroism, courage, and faith

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DaveF on April 11, 2018 at 12:56 PM.

Important (recent) history lesson! This is the story of the very young student leaders of the Civil Rights movement beginning in 1959 in Nashville. They started by organized the successful and much copied lunch counter sit-ins, and moved on to spearhead the freedom rides into the deep south, as well as voter registration drives and many other activities. The students were initially organized and trained in Gandhian non-violent protest by James Lawson. They formed the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which…

Thomas B. Yancey on April 11, 2018 at 1:14 PM.

A terrific book that deserves a wider audience An amazing book that explains much about the key players in lunch counter integration movement of the early 60s grew to take leading roles in the Civil Rights struggle. It also offers sharp insights into Nashville politics and newspapers of that period. Halberstam shows how the college students Jim Lawson trained and worked with shaped much of what happened later, and what happened to them. Halberstam was there, reporting for the Tennessean newspaper, and was an astute observer of the time,…

Pageturner on April 11, 2018 at 1:19 PM.

The incredible courageous freedom riders who changed America It seems as if I waited forever for this book to appear in Kindle format, since it is such a long read. In Nashville, 1960, many of the leaders in the black community were afraid of moving too fast. But the young people knew that they had to seize the present and try for change right then. David Halberstam calls them The Children, since most were in their late teens and early twenties. This all came together at the best of times when television was quickly expanding into homes, and beatings of…