In this timely and dynamic collection of essays, Laura Dubek brings together a diverse group of scholars to explore the literary response to the most significant social movement of the twentieth century. Covering a wide range of genres and offering provocative readings of both familiar and lesser known texts, Living Legacies demonstrates how literature can be used not only to challenge the master narrative of the civil rights movement but also to inform and inspire the next generation of freedom fighters.
"This monograph breaks ground—moving the reader beyond the ‘popular’ narrative of the civil rights movement, which has largely been top-down, male-centered, and regionally focused, and infuses a multi-genre literary lens to interpret one of the most important historical event of the past." Thomas L. Bynum, Associate Professor of History, Middle Tennessee State University.
List of Figures
1 From Alabama to Tahrir Square: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story Comic as Civil Rights Narrative
J. Michael Lyons
2 Inviting Compassion and Caring Through Testimony: Participants in the Civil Rights Movement Speak for Themselves
3 "Tomorrow’s Great Meeting Place": Collective Autobiographies of the Civil Rights Movement
4 "God Decreed It So": The Rhetoric of Destiny in 1963
Corrine Hinton and Tonya Hall
5 Back to Birmingham: Three Poets Remember the Sixteenth Street Church Bombing
StarShield Lortie and Laura Dubek
6 "Pass it On!": Legacy and the Freedom Struggle in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
7 "Living Proof of Something So Terrible": Pearl Cleage’s Bourbon at the Border and the Politics of Civil Rights History and Memory
Julius B. Fleming, Jr.
8 "A Living Theater" for Human Rights: Jill Freedman’s Old News and Visual Legacies of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign
9 "Gettin’ Ready to Ride into History": Spike Lee’s Get on the Bus and Sites of Memory
Jesse Williams, Jr.
10 "My Childhood is Ruined!": Harper Lee and Racial Innocence