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 Reissued in Paperback and e-Book After Hardbound Success

This Bright Light of Ours offers a tightly focused insider’s view of the community-based activism that was the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. A celebration of grassroots heroes, this book details through first-person accounts the contributions of ordinary people who formed the nonviolent army that won the fight for voting rights.

Combining memoir and oral history, Maria Gitin fills a vital gap in civil rights history by focusing on the neglected Freedom Summer of 1965. More about This Bright Light of Ours.

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Maria Gitin worked with SCLC and SNCC on voting rights in rural Wilcox County, Alabama, after the Selma to Montgomery march and before the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Learn more about the last large integrated Freedom Summer of the Civil Rights Movement.

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