Monday, January 19, 2009

Black In Selma

Black in Selma: The Uncommon Life of J. L. Chestnut is subtitled: Politics and Power in a Small American Town. The book was published in 1990, but I did not know about it until seeing it mentioned somewhere recently.

Reading the story of how Chestnut became an attorney in Jim Crow south ~ the first black lawyer in Selma ~ and his work to get voting rights for "Negroes", as well as working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights movement, was especially interesting as I watched the inauguration of President Obama. Back then Rev. Joseph Lowery might never have imagined such a day when he would be standing at the White House giving the benediction for the U.S.'s first biracial president.

Read my book review on Black in Selma, using this link.

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