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Civil Rights Movement

“A Deeper Place in Themselves”

This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer. By Kay Mills. Dutton.$24.00. A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story. By Elaine Brown. Pantheon. $25.00. To understand Fannie Lou Hamer and Elaine Brown, one has to go back to the road leadi [...]

Interview With Oliver W. Hill

On February 5, 2003, Oliver W. Hill was honored as Virginian of the Year. At the ceremony Hill (in wheelchair) received a standing ovation from Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine (second from right) and members of the State Senate at the capitol in Richmond. (By Ste [...]

The Journey to School Integration

Whenever I see sheets drying on the line or smell gumbo simmering on the stove, a flood of memories comes to me. In 1953 when I traveled in the rural South with a group of students, we received the generosity of strangers—African Americans who took us in when there were no places for nonwhites to eat or sleep.