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CHOICE REVIEW OF FACES OF FREEDOM SUMMER

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Published by the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, Vol. 39, No. 2 (October 2001)

Faces of Freedom Summer. Photographs by Herbert Randall; text by Bobs M. Tusa. Tuscaloosa and London, England: University of Alabama Press, 2001. ix + 60 pages; 102 black-and-white photographs. Notes, bibliography, and index. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 0-8173-1056-8.

Reviewed for Choice by Dr. Maurine Greenwald, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh.

These stunning photographs and informative essay document the trials and triumphs of Freedom Summer of 1964 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi when young adult volunteers worked with local residents to challenge white supremacy and disfranchisement.

The essay records the goals, accomplishments, and participants of Freedom Summer with glimpses of individual dreams and tragedies. Aesthetically masterful photographs, many never before seen, document a career in the making as well as the time and place.

We see daring efforts at interracial cooperation and evidence of violent acts from white hate mongers; pervasive poverty amid people's thirst for learning; the centrality of the church for both political organizing and spiritual renewal.

Every picture tells a story, with captions identifying the person(s) and event(s) -- joyful and contemplative children buried in books or inquisitively watching musicians play instruments; volunteers canvassing residents for voter registration or teaching school lessons; civil rights participants singing in unison or sharing a meal.

This book provides a rich account of one community's mobilization to dismantle US apartheid.

It is must reading for everyone interested in human rights.


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