By Gilbert R. Mason,James Patterson Smith
This booklet, the 1st to target the combination of the Gulf Coast, is Dr. Gilbert R. Mason's eyewitness account of harrowing episodes that happened there throughout the civil rights circulate. Newly opened by way of court docket order, files from the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission's mystery records increase this riveting memoir written by means of an enormous civil rights determine in Mississippi. He joined his buddies and allies Aaron Henry and the martyred Medgar Evers to wrestle injustices in a single of the nation's such a lot infamous bastions of segregation.
In Mississippi, the civil rights fight all started in might 1959 with "wade-ins." In open and wakeful defiance of segregation legislation, Mason led 9 black Biloxians onto a constrained spot alongside the twenty-six-mile seashore. A 12 months later extra wade-ins on shores reserved for whites trigger the bloodiest race revolt within the state's heritage and led the U.S. Justice division to start up the first-ever federal courtroom problem of Mississippi's segregationist legislation and practices. concurrently, Mason and native activists started their paintings at the state's first tuition desegregation go well with. because the coordinator of the method, he confronted threats to his existence.
Mason's memoir offers readers a documented trip throughout the day-by-day humiliations that segregation and racism imposed upon the black population - upon fathers, moms, childrens, employees, and professionals.
--This textual content refers back to the Paperback edition.
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Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies) by Gilbert R. Mason,James Patterson Smith