Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights


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Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Maurice Daniels

Donald L. Hollowell was Georgia’s chief civil rights attorney during the 1950s and 1960s. In this role he defended African American men accused or convicted of capital crimes in a racially hostile legal system, represented movement activists arrested for their civil rights work, and fought to undermine the laws that maintained state-sanctioned racial discrimination. In Saving the Soul of Georgia, Maurice C. Daniels tells the story of this behindthe- scenes yet highly influential civil rights lawyer who defended the rights of blacks and advanced the cause of social justice in the United States.

Hollowell grew up in Kansas somewhat insulated from the harsh conditions imposed by Jim Crow laws throughout the South. As a young man he served as a Buffalo Soldier in the legendary Tenth Cavalry, but it wasn’t until after he fought in World War II that he determined to become a civil rights attorney. The war was an eye-opener, as Hollowell experienced the cruel discrimination of racist segregationist policies. The irony of defending freedom abroad for the sake of preserving Jim Crow laws at home steeled his resolve to fight for civil rights upon returning from war.

From his legal work in the case of Hamilton E. Holmes and Charlayne Hunter that desegregated the University of Georgia to his defense of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his collaboration with Thurgood Marshall and his service as the NAACP’s chief counsel in Georgia, Saving the Soul of Georgia explores the intersections of Hollowell’s work with the larger civil rights movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820345963
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 12/15/2013
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,110,799
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

MAURICE C. DANIELS is dean and professor of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia and is founder and director of The Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies. He is the author of Horace T. Ward: Desegregation of the University of Georgia, Civil Rights, and Jurisprudence and executive producer of a number of civil rights documentaries.

Table of Contents

Foreword Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

Preparing for Battle: Early Influences and Aspirations 11

A Legal Education: Addressing the "Just Grievances" of Negroes in America 23

The Road to Freedom: Challenging Segregation as Georgia's Chief Civil Rights Lawyer 44

Opening the Doors: Dismantling Segregation in Higher Education 66

"An Appeal for Human Rights": The Atlanta Student Sit-ins 91

Freedom in the Air: The Albany Movement 130

Turning the Tide: Hollowell's March across Georgia 160

Hollowell's New Marching Orders 190

Notes 211

Bibliography 255

Index 267

Illustrations follow page 90.

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