Julian Bond’s Time To Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Beacon. Jan. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9780807033203. $32.95. POL SCI
As a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); as a member of the Georgia state legislature from 1967 to 1987; and as chairman of the NAACP (1998– 2010), Bond (1940–2015) lived the struggle to achieve democracy in 20th-century America and beyond. Along with being a participant and insider, he was also a student and teacher of social movements in general and the civil rights movement in particular. This compilation of his original lecture notes is filled with detail, insight, and synopsis. The graceful narrative lays out pointers for effective mobilization as it explains what happened and who made it happen at pivotal times in the 1950s and 1960s’ nationalization of the civil rights movement that transcended traditional legal approaches to take the battle from courtrooms to the streets. Included are photographs by Danny Lyon and an afterword by Vann R. Newkirk II.
VERDICT Mixing reminiscence and analysis of the long struggle against white supremacy, Bond’s lessons provide general readers and scholars alike penetrating studies of ideals, motivations, compromises, suffering, and sacrifice that won Blacks’ release from the worst of racist Southern pathology. Essential reading.
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