Item description for March To A Promised Land: The Civil Rights Files of a White Reporter 1952-1968 (Capital Currents) by Al Kuettner...
Al Kuettner was a young, white Southern reporter when the civil rights struggle began in 1952, the year he was assigned to cover it by the wire service United Press. During those turbulent years that followed he traveled extensively throughout the U.S., talking with hundreds of people, black and white, witnessing the events that transformed American race relations. Kuettner covered all the key events the integration of the South's public schools and universities; Rosa Parks and her famous bus ride; the great civil rights marches on Washington, D.C. and Montgomery, Alabama; the passage of the landmark Supreme Court rulings and civil rights and voting legislation; the assassinations of Evers, King, and Kennedy. He knew and interviewed all the key players from Martin Luther King, Jr., whom he first met and interviewed in 1955 as a young preacher dressed in a blue work shirt and denims in the Sunday school room of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; to John Lewis, now a congressman, who in 1965 was attacked as he led marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.; to Medgar Evers, who paid with his life for his work in the black voter registration campaign. He knew them all. Now in this book, Kuettner retraces his steps, reexamining the history he witnessed in the making, and questioning blacks and whites about the legacy of change. While he traces the events he witnessed, his vision is informed by the future and by his own determination to present the events honestly. This book is dedicated to the UPI reporters and photographers who covered the civil rights story.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.98 lbs.
Release Date Dec 28, 2006
Publisher Capital Books
ISBN 1933102284 ISBN13 9781933102283
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More About Al Kuettner
Al Kuettner is a veteran reporter, now 93 years old and living in retirement in Arkansas. He began his career on weekly newspapers and was hired as reporter by the United Press wire service (now UPI) in 1942. Later he was a bureau news manager in Memphis and Birmingham, and then in 1952 became UPI??'s director and national correspondent for the Civil Rights Movement, which he covered until 1978. During this period, he personally interviewed such historic civil rights figures as Martin Luther King Jr., the NAACP??'s Roy Wilkins, Governor George Wallace, and others. He is a recipient of the Professional Journalism Fraternity Distinguished Service Award.
Al Kuettner currently resides in the state of Arkansas.
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March to a Promised Land: The Civil Rights File of a Whote Reporter 1952-1968 Mar 16, 2007
As a child of the 70's, I studied the Civil Rights Movement in high school. This book takes the facts, events and people out of the text books and brings them to life. Reading about what happened behind the scenes and getting a insiders perspective makes me want to learn more about this time in the my Country's history. I recommend this book to any one interested in where this movement has brought us as a nation and for anyone interested in where we need to go.
A Hero Remembers His Civil Rights Days Feb 2, 2007
Most people don't think of those who report the news as heroes, but Al Kuettner truly was as he traveled the U.S. for UPI getting the real story about all the major events that shaped the Civil Rights Movement. In this book he makes you feel like you are there with him, witnessing the integration of schools and universities, and interviewing the leaders,the lawyers, and the marchers who were determined that African Americans would no longer be second class citizens. In March to a Promised Land, Al Kuettner shows us why we should not take freedom for granted. It's an eloquent tribute and a fascinating story.