Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Civil Rights Fiction

The City of Birmingham, the Birmingham Public Library, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the Birmingham Museum of Art, along with other local entities and agencies, have been commemorating the historic, local events of 1963 that fought for the recognition of equal rights for African Americans. Under the banner of “50 Years Forward,” and with that passage of time, it has become increasingly evident that these events in Birmingham, Alabama, have had a world-wide impact and have inspired countless individuals to pursue freedom and equality.

The Birmingham Public Library has been proud to do its part in offering a wide variety of programs and materials to its loyal patrons and other visitors to commemorate this unforgettable year. The Library thanks all who attended and participated in our special programming.

The materials we offer on this topic include music, film, audio, and books all available in numerous formats that have kept pace with the constantly changing technology of our current times. The books that have been promoted or displayed this year for the commemoration are for the most part historical accounts that are classified as nonfiction. Historical fiction depicting the Civil Rights era of the 1960s deserves attention as well.

Many fans of historical fiction hold to the idea that fictional accounts based on historical events and persons can be more dynamic and compelling than their nonfiction counterparts. Explore Civil Rights historical fiction and decide for yourself.

Here are some novel suggestions for those interested in viewing the Civil Rights era of the 1960s through the prism of fiction.

A Walk Through Fire by William Cobb
Streets of Fire by Thomas H. Cook
The Last Hotel for Women by Vicki Covington
Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
Bombingham by Anthony Grooms
Dreamer by Charles Johnson
Top Down: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination by Jim Lehrer
Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund
Seduce the Unwary Mind by Harry D. Northrop

Submitted by David Blake
Fiction Department
Central Library

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