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INJUSTICE/ CIVIL RIGHTS: Getting Started

Injustice

Injustice is defined as the absence of justice, a violation of right or of the rights of another, unfairness.

Specific examples of injustice are found on both intimate and vast scales, and they occur throughout the world.

The word "Injustice" comes from a Latin phrase that literally means “not right,” and injustice is the opposite of justice, which is a fair and righteous act. Injustice can be general or specific, like the injustice suffered by poor people everywhere, or an individual act of injustice committed by some unkind person.

Harper Lee's book "To Kill a Mockingbird" focuses mainly on Racial Injustice but there are many types of injustices throughout our world.

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Harper Lee

Harper Lee's Death Prompts a Torrent of Tributes

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In 1961, the Freedom Riders set out for the Deep South to defy Jim Crow laws and call for change. They were met by hatred and violence — and local police often refused to intervene. But the Riders' efforts transformed the civil rights movement.

Raymond Arsenault is the author of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

 

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Harper Lee had the kind of success that most writers only dream about: Shortly after her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published on July 11, 1960, it hit the best-seller lists. In 1961, it won a Pulitzer Prize, and in 1962, it was made into an Academy Award-winning film. It has never gone out of print.

WHO IS SCOUT

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird    

 Published:  1960

Harper Lee's classic coming-of-age tale is renowned for its insightful and sensitive approach to the racial disparities of a quiet Southern town, and the lessons learned by the novel's young protagonist, Scout, about justice, strength, and heroism.
The novel is about life in a small town in Alabama during the Great Depression, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and immediately became a classic of American literature.

Harper Lee Interviews

Shortly after the publication of TKAM, Harper Lee retired from public life. She gave a total of three interviews for TKAM. The links below are a reprint of  two of the three interviews in which she discusses the writing process and the response to her book.

Videospark notes

Check out Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Video SparkNote: Quick and easy To Kill a Mockingbird synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the novel.

 

1956 MLK "Montgomery Story" Comic Book

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ABC News Person of the Week July 2010

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