As writers, are we prepared to meet increased demands for stories of U.S. civil rights history?Whether readers are motivated by new laws intended to prosecute unpunished crimes from the civil rights era or by election of this country’s first black president — to expect heightened interest in civil rights topics just makes sense.On October 7 the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act was signed by President George Bush, giving the Justice Department $10 million a year to examine civil rights killings from before 1970 and $3.5 million to help local law enforcement conducting such investigations.One month later U. S. Senator Barack Obama became the United State’s first black president-elect.Hosts of veterans of the civil rights movement have already written personal accounts of their experiences surrounding critical marches, trials, sit-ins and more.Historians have completed biographies of Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks and Emmett Till that include limited stories about Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry and a handful of others who worked so hard to make a difference.But what of the regular, everyday people who also helped bring about this change? Their stories, often coming from fear, anger, dignity and grace, make textbook history come alive.IN… Read full this story
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