Title: The Children
Author: David Halberstam
Publication Date: March 30, 1999

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
For anyone who is either fascinated with the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s America or just the idea of civil disobedience and/or social change in general, I recommend this book. It was required reading for me in a colloquium entitled “The Life & Times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” What was interesting to me is that it was my favorite book from that seminar, even though it was the one that dealt least specifically with MLK, Jr. himself.

Halberstam’s focus is on the youth of the movement – college students who were around his own age at the time – and the steps they took in the fight for equality. The story is one of hope and inspiration, helping one to realize that if these young people could stand up for what they believed in and make a difference, there’s no reason that any of the rest of us can’t be bothered to do something similar. It also helps to remind us that while it is easy to look back on the past and think only of the great things that came from it, real people were and are involved in these struggles – and that’s something we should never forget.