1960s

The Best of the Decca Years

By The Weavers

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American folk music has had great influence on popular music worldwide. The quartet known as “The Weavers” was probably the most important folk group of the “Folk revival” of the 1940s and 50s. Even though some of their recordings sound corny now it would difficult to overstate the influence of these four people- Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, and Fred Hellerman – on popular music. Songs included on this album are: • 1. On Top of Old Smoky • 2. Hard, Ain't It Hard • 3. Goodnight Irene • 4. Around the Corner (Beneath the Berry Tree) > • 5. Old Paint (Ride Around, Little Dogies) • 6. (The Wreck of the) John B • 7. Roving Kind • 8. Tzena, Tzena, Tzena • 9. Wimoweh (Mbube) • 10. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine • 11. So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh) • 12. Midnight Special • 13. Rock Island Line • 14. Sylvie (Bring Me Li'l' Water, Silvy) • 15. Lonesome Traveler • 16. When the Saints Go Marching In

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On the Side of My People: A Religious Life of Malcolm X

By Louis A. DeCaro

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DeCaro uses primary sources such as FBI files and prison documents to find revelations about Malcolm X's spiritual life. Perhaps the most interesting discovery was that Malcolm had been leaning away from Nation of Islam's principles for some years before making his journey to Mecca and openly converting to traditional Islam.
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Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights--Black Power Movement

By Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin, editors

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"Women were at the forefront of the civil rights struggle, but their indvidiual stories were rarely heard. Only recently have historians begun to recognize the central role women played in the battle for racial equality. In Sisters in the Struggle, we hear about the unsung heroes of the civil rights movements such as Ella Baker, who helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Fannie Lou Hamer, a sharecropper who took on segregation in the Democratic party (and won), and Septima Clark, who created a network of 'Citizenship Schools' to teach poor Black men and women to read and write and help them to register to vote.

"We learn of Black women's activism in the Black Panther Party where they fought the police, as well as the entrenched male leadership, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where the behind-the-scenes work of women kept the organization afloat when it was under siege. It also includes first-person testimonials from the women who made headlines with their courageous resistance to segregation--Rosa Parks, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Dorothy Height."

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The Right Stuff

By Tom Wolfe

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The true story of Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra, Gordon Cooper and Deke Slayton - the seven men chosen to launch the U.S. into space - and their wives.

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Sun and Sand Film Series: Beach Blanket Bingo

Come join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present Beach Blanket Bingo, the first film in the Sun and Sand film Series at the Headquarters Library on Saturday, June 26th at 2:00 pm.

Another Flower Gone: Good-bye to Mary Travers

A daughter of union organizers, Mary grew up in Greenwich Village and while only a teenager sang backup for the legendary Pete Seeger. Today, her clear, warm vocals on songs written by Seeger and Bob Dylan remind us of the softer aspects of 1960s social struggle. "If I Had a Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Blowin' in the Wind" are still favorites for youth groups.

Cesar Chavez: Union Leader

By Bruce W. Conord

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Cesar Chavez fought for the rights of migrant workers who worked picking lettuce and grapes in 1960s and 1970s California.
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Woodstock Memories

Forty years ago, crowds of young people converged on the quiet farming town of Bethel, New York, for a legendary concert. For many, it was the pivotal cultural event of their lives. The Woodstock Generation may be approaching retirement age, but the memories of those wild summer days rock on in books, music, and video.