New Book ‘US Civil Rights Path’ A Journey By means of Time | Chicago Information
Traveling is out of the question for now, but once we’re ready to hit the road again, a travel guide like no other is there for your planning needs: the US Civil Rights Trail: A travel guide to people, places and events that are in the moment made out. “
Author and journalist Deborah Douglas said that traveling the civil rights path is an emotional experience, but one that is worth experiencing in person.
“I’ve gained a greater appreciation for the African American experience and what my elders have achieved. They made families and houses, were educated, and took great risks. The stakes were so high for them – I am in awe. I realize that we need to appreciate our places and institutions more because history surrounds us, ”said Douglas. “Far from labeling black communities as dangerous or uninteresting places, we need to reinterpret them as historically rich labels that need to be contextualized into an experience. As we do, attention, resources, and opportunity will follow, and you can help the churches move closer to the highest vision for the people who live there. “
Part of the trip for Douglas was looking for black-owned businesses – especially restaurants.
“I… tried to include restaurants associated with the movement. Lassis Inn in Little Rock as a strategy room for tacticians of the Little Rock Nine integration crisis. Dr. King and other movement leaders ate at Busy Bee Cafe and Paschal’s in Atlanta. He also liked The Four Way in Memphis, and I actually had lunch with Rev. Jesse Jackson in April 2018 after speaking at a local church during the commemoration of 50 years since the King’s assassination, “she said.
While the guide records and reflects on historical events and places, it was important for Douglas to connect the past with the present by including a chapter of resources for those interested in learning and doing more in the area of civil rights.
“I wanted to deny that the past is the past. It’s actually a prologue, ”said Douglas. “Look at the suppression of voters, the scourge of police brutality, and the cheerful, open acceptance of racist beliefs by everyday whites (think of an attempted coup in the Capitol). Some people look at where America has been and wonder how they can help make it better. Some people have looked at the pages of history and decided that segregationists like Birmingham’s Eugene Bull Connor are role models. I hope my book will help people understand on a detailed level what highlighted cities were about and how this led to a national freedom struggle that lives on. I hope my book helps the audience reaffirm an equitable place to stand on current issues. Don’t be like bull. “