More Than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
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About the Author
Yohuru Williams is a professor of history and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. A regular contributor to a variety of media programming on CNN and History, he is the author of numerous books, including Teaching US History Beyond the Textbook; Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter; and More Than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He lives in Minnesota.
Michael G. Long is the author or editor of several books on Bayard Rustin, nonviolent protests, and civil rights history, including Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter and More Than a Dream: The Radical March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. His commentary about civil rights has appeared in many national media outlets such as the Afro, the Los Angeles Times, and ESPN. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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"A frank and perspicuous study of the watershed 1963 event in the Civil Rights Movement . . . Rather than build their thoroughly researched account around Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Williams and Long focus on what went on behind the scenes to organize the one-day March on Washington . . . Numerous photos and news clippings add immediacy to events, and though the main story closes with the dispersal of the crowd at the historic day's end, rich troves of additional facts and questions posed to readers spur further research and reflection. Coherent, compellingly passionate, rich in sometimes-startling and consistently well-founded insights." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"The authors have relied heavily on contemporary newspaper stories, a number of which are reproduced here along with a generous collection of black-and-white photos. Important appended material evidences the authors' deep research (18 pages of notes) and a collection of discussion questions. This is, in short, an indispensable work that belongs in every library." --Booklist, starred review "Williams and Long do more than retread the well-worn paths of this historic moment in the civil rights movement--they blaze an entirely new trail for our collective understanding of the 1963 March on Washington. More Than a Dream reorients the march's origins, reappraises its demands, and rejuvenates its modern day connections for young readers. Consider this an essential reeducation on one of the most consequential events in US history." --Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist "A detailed account . . . A remarkable blend of primary resources, firsthand accounts, and thought-provoking questions, readers will learn about the many important people of the Civil Rights Movement and the intricacies of executing such an event . . . Highly recommended." --School Library Journal, starred review