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The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and the Legacy of a Freedom Ride



by
David J. Dennis Jr. ,David J. Dennis Sr.

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper (Adult)
ISBN
9780063011427
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“The Movement Made Us takes literature to a momentous Southern Black space to which I honestly never thought a book could take us. This is literally the Movement that made us and both Davids love us whole here with a creation that is as ingenious as it is soulfully sincere. Stunning.”—Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

A dynamic family exchange that pivots between the voices of a father and son, The Movement Made Us is a unique work of oral history and memoir, chronicling the extraordinary story of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and its living legacy embodied in Black Lives Matter. David Dennis Sr., a core architect of the movement, speaks out for the first time, swapping recollections both harrowing and joyful with David Jr., a journalist working on the front lines of change today.

Taken together, their stories paint a critical portrait of America, casting one nation’s image through the lens of two individual Black men and their unique relationship. Playful and searching, anxious and restorative, fearless and driving, this intimate memoir features scenes from across David Sr.’s life, as he becomes involved in the movement, tries to move beyond it, and ultimately returns to it to find final solace and new sense of self—revealing a survivor who travels eternally with a cabal of ghosts.

A crucial addition to Civil Rights history, The Movement Made Us is the story of a nation reckoning with change and the hopes, struggles, setbacks, and triumphs of modern Black life. This is it: the extant chronicle of why we live, why we move, and for what we are made.

The Movement Made Us features an 8-page photo insert.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: Hate Crimes , Language: Racial or Ethnic Epithet/Slur , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Violence: Torture

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

920

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography

Topics

David J. Dennis Sr. (1940– ). David J. Dennis Jr. US civil rights movements. Twentieth-century US history. Personal narratives. Freedom Rides, 1961. African Americans. Black Americans. Social conditions.  African American men. Race relations. African American civil rights workers. Social activists. Fathers and sons. Family. Trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Racism. Intergenerational stories.

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Praise & Reviews

The Horn Book

Multi-award-winning freelance writer/commentator David J. Dennis Jr. serves as visiting professor of journalism at Morehouse College, while civil rights veteran David J. Dennis Sr. is one of the original Freedom Riders, traveling from Montgomery, AL, to Jackson, MS, in 1961. This father-and-son memoir travels, too, moving from the civil rights movement of the 1960s to today's Black Lives Matter as the authors share stories of engagement and activism. At once intriguing history and a memoir of comfort, closeness, and revelation, this work was short-listed for the 2021 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progressz Award. With a with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Praise & Reviews

The Horn Book

Multi-award-winning freelance writer/commentator David J. Dennis Jr. serves as visiting professor of journalism at Morehouse College, while civil rights veteran David J. Dennis Sr. is one of the original Freedom Riders, traveling from Montgomery, AL, to Jackson, MS, in 1961. This father-and-son memoir travels, too, moving from the civil rights movement of the 1960s to today's Black Lives Matter as the authors share stories of engagement and activism. At once intriguing history and a memoir of comfort, closeness, and revelation, this work was short-listed for the 2021 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progressz Award. With a with a 75,000-copy first printing.

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