We Shall Not Be Moved puts the Jackson Woolworth’s sit-in into historical context. Part multifaceted biography, part well-researched history, and mostly just good, old-fashioned storytelling, this gripping narrative explores the hearts and minds of those participating in this harrowing sit-in experience. It was a demonstration without precedent in Mississippi.
M. J. (Mike) O’Brien is an independent writer who lives and works in Vienna, Virginia. He is a graduate of American University’s School of Communication. His book, WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired was published March 2013 by the University Press of Mississippi. WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED has received the prestigious Lillian Smith Book Award.
Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is a Civil Rights Legend who participated in more than 50 sit-ins and protests by the time she was 23 years old. She was a Freedom Rider, a participant in the Jackson Woolworth Sit-in, and helped plan and organize the March on Washington. For her actions she was disowned by her family, cursed at, attacked, shot at, put on death row and hunted down by the Klan for execution. Her path has crossed with some of the biggest names in the Civil Rights Movement: Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Robert F. Kennedy, John Lewis, Diane Nash, John Salter, and Harry Belafonte, to name a few. As a white southern woman of courage and fortitude in the Movement, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is highly regarded and has won many awards and special commendations.
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