Witness to the Truth: My Struggle for Human Rights in Louisiana available in Paperback
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- University of South Carolina Press
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, mostly black parish, John H. Scott grew up in a community where black businesses, schools, and neighborhoods thrived in isolation, yet African Americans were still being denied a voice in local and national politics. Scott, a minister and farmer, sought to redress this inequality. Ultimately convincing Attorney General Robert Kennedy to participate in his crusade, Scott led a twenty-five year struggle that illustrates how persistent efforts by local citizens translated into a national movement. Cleo Scott Brown, Scott's daughter, draws on oral history interviews with her father conducted by historian Joseph Logsdon as well as personal papers, court transcripts, records of the East Carroll chapter of the NAACP, interviews with other East Carroll residents, family recollections, and her own conversations with her father as the basis for this narrative.
|Publisher:||University of South Carolina Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Cleo Scott Brown is a graduate of Louisiana's Grambling State University and of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Brown works as a risk manager for a public utility company and serves on the board of the J. H. Scott Memorial Fund, which provides scholarships to students from impoverished areas of northeast. Louisiana. She lives in Goose Creek, South Carolina.