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    If Your Back's Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement (Hardback) By (author) Dorothy Cotton, Foreword by Andrew Young, Introduction by Professor of Religion and Social Transformation Iliff School of Theology Vincent Harding

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    Description"Nobody can ride your back if your back's not bent," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said at the end of a Citizenship Education Program (CEP), an adult grassroots training program directed by Dorothy Cotton. This program, called the best-kept secret of the twentieth century's civil rights movement, was critical in preparing legions of disenfranchised people across the South to work with existing systems of local government to gain access to services and resources they were entitled to as citizens. They learned to demonstrate peacefully against injustice, even when they were met with violence and hatred. The CEP was born out of the work of the Tennessee Highlander Folk School and was fully developed and expanded by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by Dr. King until that fateful day in Memphis in April 1968. Cotton was checked into the Lorraine Motel at that time as well, but she'd left to do the work of the CEP before the assassin's bullet was fired. "If Your Back's Not Bent "recounts the accomplishments and the drama of this training that was largely ignored by the media, which had focused its attention on marches and demonstrations. This book describes who participated and how they were transformed--men and women alike--from victims to active citizens, and how they transformed their communities and ultimately the country into a place of greater freedom and justice for all. Cotton, the only woman in Dr. King's inner circle of leadership, for the first time offers her account of the movement, correcting the historical impression that "we only marched and sang." She shows how the CEP was key to the movement's success, and how the lessons of the program can serve our democracy now. People, and therefore systems, can indeed change "if your back's not bent."


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    Title
    If Your Back's Not Bent
    Subtitle
    The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dorothy Cotton, Foreword by Andrew Young, Introduction by Professor of Religion and Social Transformation Iliff School of Theology Vincent Harding
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 323
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743296830
    ISBN 10: 0743296834
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
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    B&T General Subject: 170
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    Ingram Subject Code: BA
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    DC22: B
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    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
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    DC21: 323.092
    B&T Approval Code: A42205000
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO002000
    DC22: 323.092
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    LC classification: E185.97.C83 A3 2012
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    Edition statement
    Revised.
    Publisher
    Atria Books
    Imprint name
    Atria Books
    Publication date
    04 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Dorothy Cotton is an inspiration to so many male and female leaders in the modern civil rights movement. Her time at the helm of the Citizenship Education Program remains a textbook example of successful grassroots organizing. We should all pay close attention to her story."" -"Ben Jealous, NAACP President and CEO