To the Mountaintop

My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault

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A personal history of the civil rights movement from activist and acclaimed journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
 
On January 20, 2009, 1.8 million people crowded the grounds of the Capitol to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama. Among the masses was Charlayne Hunter-Gault. She had flown from South Africa for the occasion, to witness what was for many the culmination of the long struggle for civil rights in the United States. In this compelling personal history, she uses the event to look back on her own involvement in the civil rights movement, as one of two black students who forced the University of Georgia to integrate, and to relate the pivotal events that swept the South as the movement gathered momentum through the early 1960s.
     With poignant black-and-white photos, original articles from the New York Times, and a unique personal viewpoint, this is a moving tribute to the men and women on whose shoulders Obama stood.

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“The book deftly combines memoir and history, and includes many full-text articles from the New York Times’s coverage of the period.”--VOYA

"This powerful complement to the civil rights canon draws a compelling line from the beginnings of the m"ovement 'to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which opened the door to the long corridor that led to the White House in January 2009.'"--Booklist, Starred Review

“…informed and passionate.”--School Library Journal, Starred Review

“This gracefully written history affirms the importance of the struggle, the difficulties, and the efforts of so many, echoing an Obama campaign statement, ‘I stand on the shoulders of giants.’”--Horn Book Magazine
 
"Emotionally engaging, eye-opening, and thoroughly accessible, this historical memoir (published in association with the New York Times) illustrates how the personal becomes political by placing the author’s individual battle for equal education in the context of the larger civil rights movement." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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‘To the Mountaintop,’ by Charlayne Hunter-Gault - NYTimes.com
Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s “To the Mountaintop” helps a new generation understand a pivotal — and still relevant — moment in American history.
- The New York Times


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Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is a journalist and foreign correspondent for NPR. In 1961, she was one of two black students to desegregate the University of Georgia. She later went on to win two Emmy awards and a Peabody award for her work with PBS's The NewsHour. She currently divides her time between South Africa and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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To the Mountaintop
My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement
Charlayne Hunter-Gault

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Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
Flash Point
January 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596436053
ISBN10: 1596436050
Young Adult Nonfiction
7 3/8 x 9 1/8 inches, 208 pages, Black-and-white photographs throughout
Age Range: 12 and up
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Lexile: 1240LL

$22.99

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Trade Paperback
Square Fish
January 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250040626
ISBN10: 1250040620
Young Adult Nonfiction
6 1/8 x 8 inches, 224 pages, Black-and-white photographs throughout
Age Range: 12 to 17
Grade Range: 7 and up
$12.99
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