Friday, July 15, 2016
She Stood for Freedom
This book tells the story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland who participated in the Civil Rights Movement - sit ins, protests, Freedom Riders, and even attended a college for black students. What was remarkable about this was that she was a white woman who grew up in the south. In participating she alienated many friends and family members and yet she stood for what she believed in.
While I enjoyed the book and hearing about this remarkable woman I am reminded about a book from last year that I liked that told about the Civil Rights movement. One of the complaints I heard about the book was that it was told from a white girl's perspective and not through the lens of an african american. Is that a problem with this book as well? Do we need more books that focus on their experiences?