Witness to the Truth: My Struggle for Human Rights in Louisiana

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2003 - 289 páginas
Witness to the Truth tells the extraordinary life story of a grassroots human rights leader and his courageous campaign to win the right to vote for the African Americans of Lake Providence, Louisiana. Born in 1901 in a small, almost all-black parish, John H. Scott grew up in a community where black businesses, schools, and neighborhoods thrived in isolation from the white population. The settlement appeared self-sufficient and independent, but all was not as it seemed. From Reconstruction until the 1960s, African Americans still were not allowed to register and vote. Scott, a minister and farmer, proceeded to redress this inequality. Ultimately convincing Attorney General Robert Kennedy to participate in his crusade, Scott led a twenty-five year struggle that graphically illustrates how persistent efforts by local citizens translated into a national movement. Witness to the Truth recounts the complex tyranny of southern race relations in Louisiana. Raised by grandparents who lived during slavery, Scott grew up learning about the horrors of that institution, and he himself experienced the injustices of Jim Crow laws. Chronicling almost one hundred years, the book examines migration
 

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The Beginning
1
Grandfather
9
A Different Kind of Place
16
Rabbit Possum and Coon Brains
22
A Matter of Respect
33
Running When You Cant Hide
50
An Awakening
63
New DealBad Deal
79
Victory and Defeat
169
A Cross for Every Voter
186
Creative Solutions to the Negro Problem
203
A Cause Worth Dying For
211
Gross Injustice
220
Trouble on Every Hand
232
One Hundred Years
247
Deliverance
263

Life after Transylvania
94
Am I Not a Citizen Too?
109
Worse Than You Can Imagine
129
A Glimmer of Hope
150
All of One Accord
158
Our Eyes to the Future
270
Appendix
279
Index
291
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