Cover To Cover… ‘The Speech’

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Imagine all the things that could be.

Go back to school, you could be a doctor or lawyer. Save money, and you could be rich(er). Learn a new skill, and you could be popular at parties. Teach a child, and she could be President someday.

Sometimes in life, a small decision that seems insignificant—or even wrong—turns out to be the most right thing that can happen. And in the new book “The Speech” by Gary Younge, you’ll see how an off-the-cuff choice created a legacy.

The year 1963 seemed to be a “turning point” in the Civil Rights Movement.

Before that, there were sit-ins, Freedom Riders, and boycotts; “[r]ace overwhelmed almost everything,” writes Younge. But in early summer that year, it got worse: Gov. George Wallace personally stood in a schoolhouse doorway to keep Black students from attending college. In early fall, four Black girls died in a church bombing. And before winter arrived, John Kennedy was assassinated.

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