Public Image, Private Shame: A History of Black Civil Rights in the USA

Author(s): Roydon Agent


Public Image Private Shame will help students look, in depth, at the modern civil rights movement of the 1950s to mid 1970s. Importantly, this book provides exciting new material that encourages students to see that the modern movement belonged to a tradition of protest that first began on the shores of Africa and continues to this day. A special feature of Public Image Private Shame provides fresh perspectives from a range of people, including movement leaders, grassroots supporters, white supremacists and political leaders. The last two chapters of the book invite students to examine race relations in the US today, and in particular, the importance, impact and issues surrounding Barack Obama’s meteoric rise in becoming the nation’s first democratically elected African- American president. The content of this book and the depth at which it is written means it can be studied at NCEA Levels 1 and 2.


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Roydon Agent teaches History at Kamo High School in Whangarei. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the US in 2007, and in 2009 Roydon travelled to the US as a recipient of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Roydon is a specialist in Black civil rights history and has travelled to the US several times researching this book. During this time he had the privilege of meeting with key civil rights legends, including SNCC leaders Congressman John Lewis and Julian Bond, Little Rock students Terrance Roberts, Minnijean Tinkley, Corretta Scott Young, Fred Gray (Rosa Parks’ lawyer), and Billy Kyles (who was near King when he was assassinated).

General Fields

  • : 9781442537132
  • : Pearson Education New Zealand
  • : Pearson Education New Zealand
  • : November 2011
  • : November 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Roydon Agent
  • : Paperback
  • : 240