Experiencing the fight for freedom along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

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Deborah Douglas, author of U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide, talks with World Footprints about the places, people and events that were integral to the civil rights movement. Deborah traces the stories about the movement she grew up hearing about and she brings those stories to life in her book.

With profiles of national leaders and local heroes, helpful timelines, a suggested playlist and personal insights, Deborah’s U.S. Civil Rights Trail guide is the perfect companion for a journey along the Trail. Her book enhances the experience of the movement and it offers a deeper dive into an important time in America’s history.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton said, “The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality”. But the Civil Rights Trail is not a single long route like the scenic Appalachian Trail. As you’ll hear, the civil rights trail includes attractions and experience across 15 states and new sites are constantly being added.

Join World Footprints as we explore the story of Black Americans’ fight for freedom and equality with Deborah Douglas, author of U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places and Events That Made the Movement.
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DEBORAH D. DOUGLAS is the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University and senior leader with The OpEd Project, leading fellowships and programs that include the University of Texas at Austin, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Urgent Action Fund in South Africa and Kenya, and Youth Narrating Our World (YNOW). While teaching at her alma mater, Northwestern University’s Medill School, she created a graduate investigative journalism capstone on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and taught best practices in Karachi, Pakistan. An award-winning journalist who is a 2019 Studs Terkel awardee and founding managing editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, Douglas is author of “U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places and Events That Made the Movement.” (Moon Travel, 2021).

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