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lenges. Flannery’s solution-focused quest is
especially timely with the UN Paris summit
being held later this year, in which the political
will to do the right thing will be severely tested.
The Civil Rights Movement in America:
From Black Nationalism to the Women’s
Ed. by Peter B. Levy.
2015. 427p. Greenwood, $89 (9781610697613). 323.119.
This comprehensive single-volume reference
work superbly documents the achievements
and the challenges encountered during the
civil rights movement in the U.S. It contains
more than 120 expertly written entries that are
thoroughly documented, and the contributors provide bibliographies for further reading.
There is in-depth coverage of a diverse range
of subjects, including biographies, the histories of organizations and events, and primary
documents that pertain to African Americans
and the civil rights movement. Entries not
only document important events, people, and
places during the civil rights movement but
also provide the reader with historical context
about the time period. The majority of entries
contain biographical information, the most
significant of which include Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. and Malcolm X. Many of the entries
are about events surrounding Dr. King’s “I
Have a Dream” speech, the March on Washington, and the activities of the NAACP in
the 1960s. Following the alphabetical entries,
there are selections from primary documents,
including the U.S. Supreme Court decision
Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, and the FBI investigation
of Malcolm X. Editor Levy has successfully
compiled an extremely versatile resource for
students of twentieth-century history and
African American culture. This significant reference work would be invaluable to researchers
from all walks of life interested in the development of the civil rights movement and its
continuing influence on American culture and
society. —Harrison Wick
Emmett Till: The Murder That
Shocked the World and Propelled
the Civil Rights Movement.
By Devery S. Anderson.
Sept. 2015. 544p. illus. Univ. Press of Mississippi, $45
The brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett
Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and
Till in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 set in mo-
tion powerful protests that sparked the civil
rights movement and rever-
berated through the years,
prompting an FBI investiga-
tion 50 years later. Drawing
on new evidence and in-
terviews with Till’s family
members, witnesses to the
murder, and reporters who
covered the trial that exon-
erated the accused killers,
Anderson offers a very detailed examination
of the murder and its significance in the long
history of racial abuses in the South under Jim
Crow. He details the lives of Emmet and Ma-
mie Till, his mother, in Chicago; the fateful trip
to Mississippi; and the aftermath. In a sepa-
rate section, Anderson looks at how the story
of Till’s death reemerged after 50 years and
sparked an intense investigation, including the
exhumation of Till’s body. He concludes with
his own theory about the case and its legacy,
a fund to investigate cold cases of civil rights
murders prior to 1970. Photographs enhance
this very thorough and compelling look at the
murder that galvanized the civil rights move-
ment and continues to act as a rallying call for
racial justice. —Vanessa Bush
Hope in an African Slum.
By Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner.
Oct. 2015. 336p. illus. Ecco, $27.99 (9780062292858);
e-book (9780062292872). 305.
In 2007, Wesleyan theater student Posner
traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to spend a semes-
ter abroad. She reached out
to young community leader
Odede, who founded Shin-
ing Hope for Communities
(SHOFCO) as a safe haven
for the children of Kibera,
the perilous slum Kennedy
grew up in. Jessica boldly
asked Kennedy if she could
stay in his small house in Kibera with him
while she volunteered with SHOFCO’s the-
ater group. Romance blossomed between the
two, and when Jessica went back to Wesleyan,
she encouraged Kennedy to apply for a schol-
arship to go to school in America after political
and tribal unrest jeopardized his life. Kennedy’s
studies paved the way for him and Jessica to re-
turn to Kibera with a plan to open up a school
for the girls of Kibera, who are at high risk for
rape and domestic violence. Initially told in al-
ternating chapters in which Kennedy recounts
a childhood fraught with danger, hunger, and
loss, and Jessica shares her reactions to Kibera
and the early days of their romance, their nar-
ratives intertwine as their plans for the school
take off. It’s exciting and inspiring to see how
much Kennedy and Jessica are able to accom-
plish, and how many lives they’re changing for
the better with SHOFCO, which started with
Kennedy’s purchase of a 20-cent soccer ball.
YA/M: Teens who want to make a
difference in the world will find this a
rousing and engrossing read. KH.
The Graduate School Mess: What Caused
It and How We Can Fix It.
By Leonard Cassuto.
Sept. 2015. 308p. illus. Harvard, $29.95
With rising costs, longer time frames to get
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Almanac of American Education, 2014-2015. Ed. by Deirdre A. Gaquin and Gwenavere
Dunn. p. 12
Anime Encyclopedia: A Century of Japanese Animation. By Jonathan Clements and
Helen McCarthy. p. 12
The Civil Rights Movement in America: From Black Nationalism to the Women’s Political Council. Ed. by Peter B. Levy. p.5
County and City Extra: Special Historical Edition. Ed. by Deirdre A. Gaquin and Mary
Meghan Ryan. p. 12
From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950-
2000. By Bob Leszczak. p. 12
Historical Dictionary of the American Frontier. By Jay H. Buckley and Brenden W.
Rensink p. 12
Historical Dictionary of the British Empire. By Kenneth J. Panton. p. 18
Phobias: The Psychology of Irrational Fear. Ed. by Irena Milosevic and Randi McCabe. p. 8
The Progressive Era. By Francis J. Sicius. p. 12
The Sociology Book. By Mitchell Hobbs. p. 12
Voices of the Reformation: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life. Ed. by John A.
Wagner. p. 12