Civil rights trail book aims to make history easy to digest

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By highlighting cities that played host to significant events during the civil rights movement, a new book aims to make that complex history easier to...
ATLANTA (AP) — understand and to pass its legacy on to younger generations.

"The Official United States Civil Rights Trail" companion book includes a timeline of events from 1954 through 1969 and then features 14 cities where people can visit sites that help bring that history to life. Author Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department, said he wanted to break the story down into easily digestible pieces.

"We wanted to make it easy for people to understand things about civil rights that they didn't know before, and so we decided to divide it up by cities where there are a major number of places to visit, not just where something happened but where people can go and visit and learn the story," Sentell said.

He spoke in an interview Wednesday outside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home in Atlanta before an event launching the book.

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which debuted in 2018, includes more than 120 sites — churches, schools, courthouses, museums — across 15 states, mostly in the South. They are places where activists fought to advance social justice and racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s. The new companion book includes more than 200 images of those landmarks today, as well as photographs from the civil rights era.

After working with tourism directors around the South to establish the trail, Sentell decided to put together a companion book after a conversation with the Rev. Bernice King, daughter of the civil rights leader and…
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