They Had No Voice: My Fight for Alabama's Forgotten Childrenby Denny Abbott, Douglas Kalajian (With), John Walsh (Foreword by)
Denny Abbott first encountered the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children at Mt. Meigs as a twenty-one-year-old probation officer for the Montgomery County Family Court. He would became so concerned about conditions for black juvenile offenders there -- including hard labor, beatings, and rape -- that he took the State of Alabama to court to win reforms. With the help of the U.S. Justice Department, Abbott won a resounding victory that brought change, although three years later he had to sue the state again. In They Had No Voice, Abbott details these battles and how his actions cost him his job and made him a pariah in his hometown, but resulted in better lives for Alabama's children. Abbott also tells of his later career as the first national director of the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center, where he helped focus attention on missing and exploited children and became widely recognized as an expert on children's issues.
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Excellent read. I learnedof this book yesterday through an article published in my local newspaper on Sunday. I am a current employee at Mt. Meigs. It was very interesting reading about some of the history of the facility. Things that they do not tell us.