Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wallace, Rich, and Sandra Neil Wallace. Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and his Sacrifice for Civil Rights.

Wallace, Rich, and Sandra Neil Wallace.  Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and his Sacrifice for Civil Rights.  Boyd’s Mills/Calkins Creek            2016    352p    $18.95  ISBN 978-1-62979-094-7     ms/hs  Biography  VG-BN              

This book is part biography, part history book about the Civil Rights movement in 1960s America. It discusses one Civil Rights activist, Jonathan Daniels, a white seminary student from New Hampshire who gave his time, his career, and ultimately his life for the fight for justice for Black people in the American South. The book covers as much as is currently known about Jonathan from his early childhood to the time when he was gunned down in Alabama in 1965. Along the way, the reader learns a good deal about the Civil Rights movement and the difficulties it faced in trying to overturn de jure segregation, racial discrimination and violence against minorities. Jonathan was a friend and a colleague of well-known Civil Rights figures like Stokely Carmichael and Ruby Sales. Although his name is not generally known by the American public, he was recognized as a hero by the movement at the time of his death, and Lyndon Johnson sent condolences to his family. More than one humanitarian award was named in his honor.

The authors became fascinated by Jonathan’s story and immersed themselves in research about him and his life. In creating this book, they are pointing out to young people that it is possible for an ordinary American to be a hero just by doing what is right, without regard to fame, fortune, or personal gain of any sort. The story is divided into easy-to-read chapters with many photographic illustrations. References for further research are included, along with source notes, an index, and a list of picture credits.  

Summary: This book discusses Civil Rights activist Jonathan Daniels, a white man from New Hampshire who was assassinated in Alabama in 1965 while working for equality for African Americans there.                

Jonathan Daniels, Civil Rights Movement                                                                 —Carol Kennedy

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