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  1. We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired
    We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired
    We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired
    We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired
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  2. We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired

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Once in a great while, a photograph captures the essence of an era: Three people--one black and two white--demonstrate for equality at a lunch counter while a horde of cigarette-smoking hotshots pour catsup, sugar, and other condiments on the protesters' heads and down their backs. The image strikes a chord for all who lived through those turbulent times of a changing America.

The photograph, which plays a central role in the book's perspectives from frontline participants, caught a moment when the raw virulence of racism crashed against the defiance of visionaries. It now shows up regularly in books, magazines, videos, and museums that endeavor to explain America's largely nonviolent civil rights battles of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Yet for all of the photograph's celebrated qualities, the people in it and the events they inspired have only been sketched in civil rights histories. It is not well known, for instance, that it was this event that sparked to life the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963. Sadly, this same sit-in and the protest events it inspired led to the assassination of Medgar Evers, who was leading the charge in Jackson for the NAACP.

Winner of the 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award, We Shall Not Be Moved puts the Jackson Woolworth's sit-in into historical context. Part multifaceted biography, part well-researched history, this gripping narrative explores the hearts and minds of those participating in this harrowing sit-in experience. It was a demonstration without precedent in Mississippi--one that set the stage for much that would follow in the changing dynamics of the state's racial politics, particularly in its capital city.

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1963 was a pivotal year in the Civil Rights movement. The events that took place in Jackson, Mississippi in the spring of that year are an important part of this nation's struggle to provide equal rights for all of its citizens. M.J. O'Brien tells the story of the people and events behind the iconic photograph on the book's cover. The courage of the individuals who led the Jackson sit-in - men and women, white and black - should not be forgotten. With his book, O'Brien ensures that the story will endure. This is compelling reading for anyone interested in the Civil Rights movement. I highly recommend this book.
The iconic 1963 photo shows three civil rights demonstrators suffering abuse from racist hecklers while sitting-in at a Jackson, Mississippi, lunch counter. This picture has become the defining image of the sit-in movement. Michael O'Brien's remarkable account gives the reader unprecedented insight into the people captured in the photo, the events leading up to and following the sit-in, and other individuals who played critical roles in the Jackson Movement. Most important of these unseen figures is Medgar Evers, Mississippi head of the NAACP, who was slain by a racist assassin only two weeks after the photo was taken. In addition to learning more about the courage of the individual demonstrators, the reader will also discover the seldom told story of how organizational rivalries and the NAACP's aversion to direct action protests ultimately undermined the effectiveness of the Jackson Movement.

I use the photo when teaching about the Civil Rights Movement and my students... Read more
We Shall Not Be Moved is compelling, well-written and thoroughly researched. It is the type of history that I enjoy reading. M J O'Brien is telling the story of an important event in Civil Rights history and telling the story of the people who were involved. Great work!
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