Freedom Riders - John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
- United States
More informationIt was 1961. John Lewis and Jim Zwerg are two young men boarding a bus and heading south for Montgomery, Alabama and the thick of the brewing Civil Rights struggle. They are idealists, committed to justice and equality and full of hope for change. This is their Freedom Ride.
Arriving in town, suddenly they find themselves helpless in the clutches of an angry white mob armed with bats, chains, and hammers. Both men are beaten within an inch of their lives, for the color of their skin—John was black and Jim was white—and for the ideas they had traveled so far to support.
Told from the perspectives of these two Freedom Riders, this Robert F. Silbert Honor Book is a stunning testament to the power of nonviolent resistance in the face of racial discrimination and segregation. A thoughtful reading from narrator Cecelia Riddett brings this important tale of the Civil Rights Movement to life for today’s readers.
“… [An] excellent work of nonfiction … [that] delivers a galvanizing call to action.”—Booklist, starred review