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This Bright Light of Ours : Stories from the Voting Rights Fight

By: Gitin, Maria.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Modern South: Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (328 p.).ISBN: 9780817387389.Subject(s): African Americans -- Suffrage -- Alabama | African Americans -- Suffrage -- Southern States | Alabama -- Race relations | Civil rights movements -- Alabama -- History | Civil rights movements -- Southern States -- History | Civil rights workers -- California -- Biography | Gitin, Maria | Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.) | Southern States -- Race relations | Voter registration -- Alabama | Voter registration -- Southern StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: This Bright Light of Ours : Stories from the Voting Rights FightDDC classification: 324.6/208996073075 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; List of Illustrations; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; I. My Freedom Summer 1965; 1. The Call to Action; 2. The Journey Begins; 3. The Wilcox County Voting Rights Fight; 4. Welcome to Wilcox County; 5. They Were Ready for Us; 6. Selma and SNCC; 7. Out in the Field; 8. Things Heat Up; 9. The Terror Continues; 10. A Brief Reprieve; 11. Back in the Field; 12. The Beginning of Doubts; 13. This May Be the Last Time; II. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Stories of the Freedom Fighters; 14. The Intervening Years; 15. Joyful Reunions; 16. Tragic Losses, New Friendships
17. We Shall Remember Them18. We Honor Them; 19. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize; 20. A Change Is Gonna Come; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: This Bright Light of Ours offers a tightly focused insider's view of the community-based activism that was the heart of the civil rights movement. A celebration of grassroots heroes, this book details through first-person accounts the contributions of ordinary people who formed  the nonviolent army that won the fight for voting rights.Combining memoir and oral history, Maria Gitin fills a vital gap in civil rights history by focusing on the neglected Freedom Summer of 1965 when hundreds of college students joined forces with local black leaders to register thousands of new black voters in the rural South. Gitin was an idealistic nineteen-year-old college freshman from a small farming community north of San Francisco who felt called to action when she saw televised images of brutal attacks on peaceful demonstrators during Bloody Sunday, in Selma, Alabama.Atypical among white civil rights volunteers, Gitin came from a rural low-income family. She raised funds to attend an intensive orientation in Atlanta featuring now-legendary civil rights leaders. Her detailed letters include the first narrative account of this orientation and the only in-depth field report from a teenage Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) project participant.Gitin details the dangerous life of civil rights activists in Wilcox County, Alabama, where she was assigned. She tells of threats and arrests, but also of forming deep friendships and of falling in love. More than four decades later, Gitin returned to Wilcox County to revisit the people and places that she could never forget and to discover their views of the "outside agitators" who had come to their community. Through conversational interviews with more than fifty Wilcox County residents and former civil rights workers, she has created a channel for the voices of these unheralded heroes who formed the backbone of the civil rights movement.
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Contents; List of Illustrations; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; I. My Freedom Summer 1965; 1. The Call to Action; 2. The Journey Begins; 3. The Wilcox County Voting Rights Fight; 4. Welcome to Wilcox County; 5. They Were Ready for Us; 6. Selma and SNCC; 7. Out in the Field; 8. Things Heat Up; 9. The Terror Continues; 10. A Brief Reprieve; 11. Back in the Field; 12. The Beginning of Doubts; 13. This May Be the Last Time; II. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Stories of the Freedom Fighters; 14. The Intervening Years; 15. Joyful Reunions; 16. Tragic Losses, New Friendships

17. We Shall Remember Them18. We Honor Them; 19. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize; 20. A Change Is Gonna Come; Notes; Bibliography; Index

This Bright Light of Ours offers a tightly focused insider's view of the community-based activism that was the heart of the civil rights movement. A celebration of grassroots heroes, this book details through first-person accounts the contributions of ordinary people who formed  the nonviolent army that won the fight for voting rights.Combining memoir and oral history, Maria Gitin fills a vital gap in civil rights history by focusing on the neglected Freedom Summer of 1965 when hundreds of college students joined forces with local black leaders to register thousands of new black voters in the rural South. Gitin was an idealistic nineteen-year-old college freshman from a small farming community north of San Francisco who felt called to action when she saw televised images of brutal attacks on peaceful demonstrators during Bloody Sunday, in Selma, Alabama.Atypical among white civil rights volunteers, Gitin came from a rural low-income family. She raised funds to attend an intensive orientation in Atlanta featuring now-legendary civil rights leaders. Her detailed letters include the first narrative account of this orientation and the only in-depth field report from a teenage Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) project participant.Gitin details the dangerous life of civil rights activists in Wilcox County, Alabama, where she was assigned. She tells of threats and arrests, but also of forming deep friendships and of falling in love. More than four decades later, Gitin returned to Wilcox County to revisit the people and places that she could never forget and to discover their views of the "outside agitators" who had come to their community. Through conversational interviews with more than fifty Wilcox County residents and former civil rights workers, she has created a channel for the voices of these unheralded heroes who formed the backbone of the civil rights movement.

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Maria Gitin was a national fundraising and diversity trainer for twenty-eight years. She has served as Executive Director of a YWCA, founded a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, and continues to register voters in communities of color. Currently, Gitin is a frequent presenter on cultural competency and voting rights. She lives in Northern California with her photographer husband, Samuel Torres Jr.

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