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If white kids die, Dick J. Reavis

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If white kids die
Title
If white kids die
Statement of responsibility
Dick J. Reavis
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The summer of 1964 had been "Freedom Summer" for a few campuses. The Student Non-Violent Co-Ordinating Committee (SNCC) had drawn some five hundred students, most of them white, from Ivy League and prestigious universities to help its integration efforts in Mississippi. An up-and-coming leader named Stokely Carmichael had told a group of prospective volunteers in New York that SNCC wanted to be sure that if blacks were killed for the civil rights cause, whites would die with them. What he said was prophetic, even if it wasn't popular. A few weeks after his speech, three young men--two white and one black--were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The nation was scandalized. While he wasn't aware of Carmichael's strategy when he decided to join a 1965 summer voter registration program, Dick J. Reavis felt it instinctively when he told his resistant father the reason he was going. "Dad, if we live in a country where nobody pays attention when Negroes die, then I guess that's the way it has to be. Somebody has to pay the price." The price the white middle-class Texan paid when he spent a summer on the wrong side of the tracks in Demopolis, Alabama, was his innocence. If White Kids Die describes his gradual maturation as he encountered the other side of legally enforced racism. Harassed by police for being in a white neighborhood with a black coworker, arrested for vagrancy, and prevented from driving by arcane residency laws, Reavis came to understand the frustration with "The System" that fueled the Civil Rights Movement. At the same time, he saw the infighting and strategizing within the Movement that prevented it from living up to his ideals. In the end, he concludes, "The System made some concessions to our protests, but its power was never trumped. ... But history has not ended, and deep in my heart, I do believe that we--virtually the whole human race--will overcome someday""--Dust jacket flap
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
323.1/1960730761392
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
If white kids die, Dick J. Reavis
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
45582740
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 117 p.
Isbn
9781574411294
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00012904
Note
  • Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff, 2001 (Access. No. 2001-122). Author's inscribed presentation copy to Bill [Wittliff], 3.17.01. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 4 (SW Writers): Gift of Stephen Harrigan, 2016 (Access. No. 2016-077). Inscribed by author for Steve [Harrigan], San Antonio, 3.17.01. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill.
Label
If white kids die, Dick J. Reavis
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
45582740
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 117 p.
Isbn
9781574411294
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00012904
Note
  • Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff, 2001 (Access. No. 2001-122). Author's inscribed presentation copy to Bill [Wittliff], 3.17.01. With dust jacket.
  • Library's copy 4 (SW Writers): Gift of Stephen Harrigan, 2016 (Access. No. 2016-077). Inscribed by author for Steve [Harrigan], San Antonio, 3.17.01. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill.

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