Common Summer Book

New College has a tradition of providing a common summer book for all of the incoming students. Knowing that the summer between high school and college can be stressful, (and knowing that you are currently living a life between boxes and suitcases, with lists upon lists upon lists), this is a brief moment to cut through the clutter and focus on what the whole transition is about -- college, ideas, and expanding your world and your perspective.

This year, the choice was To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, (2012) by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, from New York Times Book/Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press.

The 198-page book is a compelling personal history, looking back on the author's own involvement in the civil rights movement, as one of two black students who forced the University of Georgia to integrate, and to relate the pivotal events that swept the South as the movement gathered momentum through the early 1960s.

With poignant black-and-white photos, original articles from the New York Times, and a unique personal viewpoint, this is a moving tribute to the men and women on whose shoulders Obama stood.

Each student should received a copy of the book by mid-June. Please let us know if you haven't received yours!

Read a New York Times review of the book.

Watch a video of the author spekaing to students at Grady College, Georgia; 


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