Civil Rights For Beginners

by Stephanie Gonclaves, For Beginners

9781934389898Civil Rights For Beginners covers historical events from the mid- 1950s to the present, focusing on the oppression and segregation of African Americans. The astonishing stories of well-known civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, are discussed, but you will also learn of other less well-known names such as Joseph Cinque, Nat Turner, and many others.

1839, Joseph Cinque a young African torn apart from his family was captured and placed on a ship with 53 other Africans. Cinque led the slaves in a revolt to gain control of the Spanish slave ship Amistad….The Niagara Movement, the protest against the 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation. The “Red Summer” riots and so many more are events that are examined in Civil Rights For Beginners. Take a journey that starts pre-Civil War, up to current events; allowing you to become educated on the lesser known actions of groups and individuals that brought Americans closer to a successful movement towards civil rights.

Civil Rights For Beginners also examines the significant events within the civil rights movement such as: Brown V. Education, Emmett Till, The Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. From the well-known to the forgotten events, they are uniquely displayed within this book, which spectacularly conveys the struggle and the conquest of the civil rights movement. Allow this book to leave you more knowledgeable on this triumphant historical chain of events that changed American history forever.


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Black Panthers For Beginners

by Stephanie Goncalves, For Beginners

978193999439450 years ago at Merritt Junior College in Oakland, California two students named Huey Newton, and Bobby Seale expressed their detestation for the United States Government, and just like that the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was born. This compelling piece of literature captivates the struggles and discouragement that the young African American population felt with the civil rights movement, and their “out-of-touch old leaders who still counseled moderation and nonviolence after all those years of useless promises.”

Black Panthers For Beginners is interesting and exciting, and a compelling view into a major political revolution. Intriguing events such as the publishing of the BPP first mimeographed newsletter, the call to action to the American people at the Capitol Building, Huey Newton being charged with first-degree murder, creating the “Free Huey” movement, Free Breakfast for School Children Program, and many more historic events.

The Black Panthers outlined a Ten Point Program, number seven was “We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people.” This point brings us to current events such as the Ferguson riots, the Baltimore Protests, the killing of Michael Brown, and the killing of Freddie Gray. The justice that the Panthers searched for is still heavily present and continues to be demanded in today’s society.

After reading this book and absorbing the history of the Panthers, readers will be able to effortlessly tie it to current events such as #BlackLivesMatter, and most recently, the Federal lawsuit against the city of Ferguson in the name of justice.


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