Mike O'Brien at Lemuria

Michael O'Brien, author of We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in and the Movement It Inspired will be talking about and signing copies of his new book this week in Jackson. And readers will actually have two chances to see O'Brien. 

On Wednesday, February 20, O'Brien will be appearing at Lemuria Books between 5 and 6 PM. 

And on Thursday evening, he will be giving an address at the Old Capitol Museum. Following O'Brien's remarks a segment from the documentary An Ordinary Hero will follow. The film focuses the efforts of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, one of the Woolworth Sit-In participants (the trailer for the film is below). A light reception will conclude the evening. Books will be available for purchase from Lemuria at this event as well. 

We Shall Not Be Moved puts the Jackson Woolworth’s sit-in into historical context. Part multifaceted biography, part well-researched history, this gripping narrative explores the hearts and minds of those participating in this harrowing sit-in experience. It was a demonstration without precedent in Mississippi—one that set the stage for much that would follow in the changing dynamics of the state’s racial politics, particularly in its capital city.

The iconic Fred Blackwell photograph that caught this electrifying moment now shows up regularly in books, magazines, videos, and museums that endeavor to explain America’s largely nonviolent civil rights battles of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Yet for all of the photograph’s celebrated qualities, the people in it and the events they inspired have largely been overlooked in civil rights histories. It is not well known, for instance, that it was this event that sparked to life the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963. Sadly, this same sit-in and the protest events it inspired led to the assassination of Medgar Evers, who was leading the charge in Jackson for the NAACP.  

Read more about the book including other events, excerpts and news at www.notbemoved.com

The pictures below appear in We Shall Not Be Moved:  

Eerily quiet. At the start of there was little commotion.
The press descends. Early on, only the press
surrounded the demonstrators
Demonstrators further down the counter were not spared
Demonstration over. Rev. Ed King comes to the aid of his friends
once the crowd disbures