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NORVEL: An American Hero

NORVEL: An American Hero

by Kenneth F Conklin


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Norvel Lee, an unsung historical figure, rightfully should be included on a list of famous African Americans.

On a September morning in 1948 - while a member of the U.S. Olympic team, a Howard University student, and a veteran of World War 2 - Norvel Lee was arrested for taking a seat in the white section of a segregated train in rural Virginia. Lee's appeal of the case resulted in a landmark Jim Crow era civil rights decision.

Norvel Lee spent his childhood in a rustic, segregated Black community nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. His father was a day laborer for the railroad while his mother expected her children to get an education and become involved in community affairs. In spite of obstacles such as Virginia's Jim Crow laws, limited schooling opportunities, and a speech impediment, Norvel's life journey led to exceptional accomplishments in the larger world.

Among those accomplishments were earning his wings as a Tuskegee Airman and as a member of the 1948 and 1952 U.S.

Olympic teams, making history at the 1952 Helsinki Games.

Afterward he received several post-graduate degrees. While raising and empowering their family Norvel and his wife then dedicated their lives to educating and mentoring young people and contributing tirelessly to community outreach organizations in the Washington D.C. area. He also served as a senior officer with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Norvel Lee was truly an unsung hero who deserves recognition as a civil rights leader who made a profound difference in people's lives.

Based on true events, NORVEL is a meticulously researched story about a remarkable man.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734480726
Publisher: Kenneth F Conklin LLC
Publication date: 04/17/2021
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 768,075
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Ken Conklin, a native of Los Angeles, lives in southwestern Virginia. His essays have been published in the Roanoke Times and other publications such as the Victoria Advocate, Easy Reader, and Microwave Journal. NORVEL is his first book.
Although always a writer, he made his living in the technology industry as a business development and general management executive. In those roles he had the opportunity to travel throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The experiences from those travels inform his writing. Ken finds it ironic that Norvel Lee's story was discovered, waiting to be told, close to home in Botetourt County.
Aside from working on his next book, Ken and his wife enjoy spending time with their family and friends, going to live music events, golfing, and hiking the beautiful trails of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Ken continues, however, to root for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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