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Title:
Black in Selma : the uncommon life of J.L. Chestnut Jr.
Author:
Chestnut, J. L.
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Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990.
Physical Description:
xiii, 397 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780374114046
Format :
Book

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KF373.C5 A3 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Publisher's Weekly Review

Selma, Ala.'s first black lawyer tells how he participated in the march that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, tried cases for the NAACP, organized black voter registration and pursued grassroots activism. ``This dramatic, outspoken yet modest autobiography . . . is a magnificent testament to what courage, strategy and persistence can accomplish,'' said PW. Photos. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

This is quite simply one of the best Civil Rights autobiographies yet to appear. Coauthored with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Cass, Black in Selma tells the story of black lawyer/activist Chestnut on three basic levels. It is a classic American success story, as a determined black youth overcomes discrimination to become one of Alabama's most successful lawyers. It is a story of local, grass-roots Civil Rights activities rather than ``big'' national figures like Martin Luther King Jr. Finally, unlike most such accounts, it deals as much with the complex and difficult implementation of social change as it does understanding of recent U.S. history. Highly recommended for all libraries.--Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.