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Be the first to ask a question about The House by the Side of the Road. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 02, Teressa rated it it was amazing Shelves: audiobook-reviews. My three words would be sincere, important, and beautiful. There were so many memorable moments in this book. I like when she says "neighbor means ALL of God's children. This is such a wonderful book written by Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson. I love the way she welcomed all the people into her home as friends and neighbors.

A must read. Stephanie King did an outstanding performance narrating this book. The most moving moment in this book was the night of April 4, when the Sullivans received the phone call that Martin had been shot in Memphis. May 16, Larrin Robertson rated it really liked it. This book is an insider account, provided by the woman who along with her husband owned the house where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This book pulls back the curtain and allows for a view that most would love to witness. This house played host to M. President Lyndon Johnson even called the house several times.

This is a good read. It is an easy read. Dec 29, Karlyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: history , nonfiction , southern. Jackson tells the story of when the bigwigs of the civil rights movement movement set up shop in her house. Her account of the endless changing of sheets, baking of biscuits, sky-high phone bills, and SCLC men sleeping in her bathtub captures the daily grind of the people who made the movement in Selma possible.

Jackson's memoir is the most complex and compellingly written memoir of the civil rights movement that I've read.

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Mar 09, Kristine Schoen rated it it was ok. The history of the civil rights movement, and author's role in such are incredible. However, I felt as though the author was extremely repetitive and focused on a lot of unnecessary details that took away from the story itself. Nov 06, Stephanie King rated it it was amazing.

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This book is very easy to read. It offers even more personal details about the life of Dr. The author's home was his headquarters for the Civil Rights Movement in Selma. What a unique perspective! I am also proud to say that I am narrating the audiobook version of this work. Mar 13, Judyspadoni rated it liked it. Interesting inside personal look at Martin Luther King and the Selma "campaign" for voting rights.

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Jenny Podesta rated it really liked it Jan 03, Zoe rated it it was amazing Nov 21, June Davis rated it really liked it Mar 08, Vicki rated it liked it Jan 30, Kelly rated it really liked it Jun 11, Roderick Moore rated it liked it Nov 26, William Butler rated it it was amazing Nov 05, Scott rated it it was amazing May 13, But in order to understand the importance of the annual trip today we need to understand the conditions which sparked the protest in the first place, as well as the steps taken by the country's elected officials in the days and months following.

Consider this: In the early s, Selma, Alabama, and surrounding Dallas County had a voting-age population of around 30,, more than half of which was black. But at the time only a few hundred of its black residents were registered to vote. In fact, no African American had served in the U.

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Congress from a former Confederate state since Voter registration programs, demonstrations, and sit-ins grabbed national headlines. Congress responded by passing the Civil Rights Act of , but when black residents of Selma tested the law's non-discrimination clauses, many wound up in jail. King to lead a new large-scale voting rights push.

The Dallas County courthouse designated two days a month for voter registration, but the SCLC's plan pushed people to register every day beginning in the middle of January The first day's protest ended without arrests, but on the second day, the police detained 66 individuals. Each day following, black men and women waited in line at the courthouse in Selma, and each day more were arrested. By the first week of February, the number of jailed protestors in Selma had swelled to 3, On February 1st, Dr. King himself was arrested in Selma. This is Selma, Alabama. There are more negroes in jail with me than there are on the voting rolls.

The interlined handwriting in pencil is likely that of Celler. In response to the mass arrests, Alabama Representatives Armistead Selden and George Andrews called for "a responsible and balanced congressional response to the need for a legislative investigation of the situation in Alabama.

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The Alabama delegation sought to bring attention to what they saw as an unwarranted intrusion of outside pressure on their constituents' local affairs. Once they returned to Washington, Republicans Charles Mathias of Maryland and Ogden Reid of New York, both of whom participated in the larger delegation to Selma, introduced legislation empowering federal officials to register voters if local authorities refused to. Similarly, Democratic Representative Joseph Resnick of New York introduced legislation to create a new Federal Registration and Elections Commission with expansive powers to enter municipalities to register black voters.

Neither of these bills made it out of committee, however. Meanwhile, 30 miles to the north of Selma, police violence in the town of Marion, Alabama, became deadly. Moments into a nighttime vigil for an imprisoned SCLC leader, the street lights went dark and state troopers descended on the demonstrators while local whites attacked the press covering the event.

In the pandemonium, year-old Army veteran Jimmie Lee Jackson ran to a local eatery with his mother and grandfather. State troopers followed, and soon thereafter shot Jackson twice in the stomach. He died from his injuries eight days later on February 26th. They eventually traveled by foot to the state capital, Montgomery.

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At Jackson's memorial service, James Bevel of the SCLC suggested organizing a march to the state capital in Montgomery to demand equal treatment under the law and force Alabama Governor George Wallace to address the rampant injustice. King leading 1, demonstrators across the Pettus Bridge for a prayer before turning around to avoid a repeat of Bloody Sunday.

In the aftermath of the violence in Selma, President Lyndon Baines Johnson called for a Joint Session of Congress on March 15th to support new voting rights legislation. In his address, Johnson declared: "We cannot, we must not refuse to protect the right of every American to vote in every election that he may desire to participate in. And we ought not and we cannot and we must not wait another 8 months before we get a bill. We have already waited a hundred years and more. And the time for waiting is gone. On March 21st, after two weeks of negotiating with federal officials, Dr.

King and thousands more gathered for a third time in Selma, lining up to march to Montgomery. With the National Guard watching from the side of the road, the column crossed the Pettus Bridge without incident. An earlier court order had limited the number of people who could make the trip to the state capital to , and after the others turned around, the core group walked 54 miles over four days, sleeping in designated fields along the highway.

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On March 25th, on the road just outside of Montgomery, tens-of-thousands of people—from Selma, from elsewhere in Alabama, and from across the country—joined the marchers. When the massive group reached the state capitol, Dr. King delivered his landmark "How Long, Not Long" speech, intoning that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Congress's legislative response to the events in Selma was decidedly different from the debates over the Civil Rights Act a year earlier.

Whereas southern Democratic Senators had filibustered the act, the Voting Rights Act of passed on May 26, , by a vote of 77 to The House passed its version of the bill on July 9th, to After both chambers agreed to the conference report later that summer, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law on August 6, Since , Congress has extended the Voting Rights Act, with amendments, four times, most recently in And in Selma, the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute hosts an annual event to coincide with the marches' anniversary.

Every year, thousands of people, including the congressional delegation from Washington, march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a symbolic affirmation of the right to vote. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of into law.