A unique and moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past five decades, While the World Watched is an incredible testament to how far we’ve come — and how far we have yet to go.
On September 15, 1963, a Klan-planted bomb went off in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull was just a few feet away when the bomb exploded, killing four of her friends in the girl's rest room she had just exited. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history . . . and the turning point in a young girl's life. "While the World Watched" is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of life in the Jim Crow South--from the bombings, riots and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the Civil Rights movement. A uniquely moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past 5 decades, "While the World Watched" is an incredible testament to how far we've come and how far we have yet to go.
While The World Watched is a history lesson for us all, as well as a personal memoir of someone who was part of that history. She provides excerpts of famous speeches from those on both sides of the Civil Rights Movement such as Martin Luther King Jr., Governor George Wallace, and President John F. Kennedy. A timeline of events that made up the Civil Rights Movement, vivid photographs, and a sample of the Jim Crow Laws provide the reader with a better perspective of the sin and struggles of segregation. I believe this book is a must read, as some of the feelings of Civil Rights Movement still exist today. This book will sadden you, encourage you, anger you, and challenge you in ways you don’t expect. While The World Watched is very well written and definitely worth your time.
Fifteen-year-old Carolyn Maull McKinstry was just a few feet away when the Klan-planted bomb that killed four of her friends exploded in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. It was one of the seminal moments in the Civil Rights movement, a sad day in American history . . . and the turning point in a young girl's life. Carolyn's story is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of what it was like to grow up in the Jim Crow South--from the bombings, riots, and assassinations to the historic marches and triumphs that characterized the Civil Rights era. A unique and moving exploration of how racial relations have evolved over the past five decades, "While the World Watched" is an incredible testament to how far we've come--and how far we have yet to go. "For many years we have seen the effects of hate on our world. Now it is time to prove what love will do. One day at a time, one individual at a time, and one act of kindness at a time--we can change the world. The time has come to stop watching and begin healing." -- Carolyn Maull McKinstry Carolyn Maull McKinstry is a survivor of the Civil Rights struggle and an eyewitness to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. As a teenager, she marched under Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and bravely faced Bull Connor's German shepherds and stinging fire hoses during the battle for equal rights in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Now, nearly fifty years after the bombing, Carolyn is still an active member of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, serves as president of the Sixteenth Street Foundation, and works full time spreading her message of racial reconciliation. A highly sought-after speaker, she has appeared on "Oprah," "20/20," CNN, and MSNBC, and portions of her story have been featured in "Life" magazine and "USA Today." She has made numerous television and documentary appearances, including Spike Lee's documentary "Four Little Girls"; Soledad O'Brien's "Black in America"; Brian Williams's "Shades of Progress," "Shadows of Hate"; and Family Network's "We Shall Not Be Moved." She recently received her master of divinity from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, where she currently lives with her husband, Jerome. Denise George is the author of twenty-four books, including "The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister." She is also the author of more than 1,500 articles for magazines such as "Christianity Today," "Decision," "Guideposts," "Essence," and "Redbook." Denise and her husband, Dr. Timothy George, live in Birmingham, Alabama.