While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement
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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
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While the World Watched is a poignant and gripping eyewitness account of life in the Jim Crow Southfrom 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 weve come and how far we have yet to go.
Denise George is the author of 24 books, including coauthor of The Secret Holocaust Diaries. She currently lives in Birmingham with her husband, Dr. Timothy George.
Carolyn McKinstry was only fourteen years old when a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan took the lives of her four best friends and left her with a drastically altered view of humanity. The explosion, which she missed by mere seconds, made the horror of racism a reality in her mind and planted a longing in her heart for things to be righted. Her story is one of loss and sorrow, but it is also one of recovery and forgiveness, dotted with hopeful childhood memories and moments of bravery in the face of prejudice and segregation. It also follows her adulthood struggles with depression and hate brought on by the Birmingham bombing, and the hurdles she had to face many years later. In the process of overcoming her difficulties, Carolyn holds to Matthew 22:39, learning what it means to "love your neighbor as yourself," and in forgiving those around her, she finds healing.
While the World Watched is an eye-opening book that captures the essence of life in the South during the turmoil of the 1960s. Although sometimes tragic, McKinstry's story offers a message of hope and love despite oppression and hate. The book is an excellent reminder of the wounds racism creates and the great bravery and forgiveness it takes to heal them. Chelsea Molin, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5While the World WatchedJuly 21, 2014Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
While the World Watched is an amazing read. It amazes me how cruel the world can be. I cannot grasp the cruelty Carolyn and others like her endured in her lifetime. I was born in the south a decade after the civil rights movement. I did not see how those Jim Crow Laws affected people. Or see those senseless signs saying Colored or Whites Only. The civil rights era was such a violent time. I have heard stories or seen documentaries about it. Carolyn's story puts everything into a new perspective. How could a free country treat free people that way?
I did enjoy this book. So inspiring to learn the power of forgiveness. Carolyn is an inspiring person of her race - the human race. The book includes Martin Luther King's speeches, list of the senseless Jim Crow Laws, and various letters from people of the era to the present time.
I recommend this book to those who wants to learn more of the civil rights movement from an inspiring woman who lived through it. It is one of those books that makes the reader think about it long after it is been read.
eb7bibliophileHigh Desert WestAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Intense and EducationalJuly 5, 2014eb7bibliophileHigh Desert WestAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
This beautiful lady gives us a personal glimpse into a tragic day and era, as well as a brave look into her own pain and devastation, so that we can see her healing and gain insight into forgiveness. The message is one of love and reconciliation, after opening our eyes to the evils of the racial situation. The events are depicted in a professional and compelling way with her co-author. The quotes from speeches and reports enhance the narrative. They give it more historical interest. The photos are illuminating and some are chilling. They help make the account more real. Despite some repetition, this is an excellent and worthwhile book.
Jennie WrenRoyalton, MNAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Huge impactJune 27, 2014Jennie WrenRoyalton, MNAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I was only three years old when the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed. Combined with the fact I grew up in Wisconsin and North Dakota, I had no idea of the details of this tragedy, much less the big picture of the life of black people in the South and the Civil Rights Movement. I have not yet read two biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr. that sit on my shelf, but I had at least heard of the bombing. Carolyn's story filled a huge hole in my consciousness of the events that have shaped our country. It's the story of Carolyn's experiences that day and how her life was forever impacted by them - but she places her experiences within the context of the larger Civil Rights struggles all over the South. I'm very grateful she put these things into words.
Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InterestingJune 10, 2014Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
This is the true story of a bombing that took place in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The author was in the building that was bombed and tells her story, both before and after the event. I thought this book was good and an interesting and true picture of life during the Civil Rights movement.
abookandacuppaPrairie Village, KSAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An inspirational tale of forgivenessJune 4, 2011abookandacuppaPrairie Village, KSAge: 45-54Gender: female
This story of a survivor of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 is informative, heart wrenching, and inspirational. Highly recommended!