by Sukey HowardMay, 1998
Thirty eight years ago David Halberstam, then a young reporter for the Nashville Tennessean, covered the sit-ins by black college students that ended segregation at lunch counters in the Nashville business district. Now, in The Children (4 hours), he returns to those dramatic days and follows several of the Nashville "sit-in kids" as they became leaders in the civil rights movement. Halberstam's meticulous reportage complements Branch's in offering a clear perspective on the events and people whose enduring courage moved America towards a more perfect union. Joe Morton is narrator here again, his calm intensity emphasizing the interrelated force of these three audios. Reviewed by Sukey Howard.