"One of the first books to show how Appalachian blacks like those in the Cotton Belt South and the Northern migrants successfully pitted their intellect against historical realities and contradiction, and won!"
William H. Turner, co-editor of Blacks in Appalachia
"Anecdotally rich. Memphis Tennessee Garrison: The Remarkable Story of a Black Appalachian Woman fills the gap in historical accounts of mining. Of particular interest is her work on the NAACP and her recollections of its less-remembered cultural mission in the black community organizing the Negro Artists Series as well as its political one."