Witness to the Truth: My Struggle for Human Rights in Louisiana

Witness to the Truth: My Struggle for Human Rights in Louisiana

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ISBN-13: 9781570034893
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.09(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.

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Witness to the Truth: My Struggle for Human Rights in Louisiana 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
bettyjo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
the struggle for civil rights in the Louisiana Delta is a powerful story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work of art is a masterpiece. My children and their children's children will understand the fight for justice imbedded in our very DNA. Our grandfather John Newson, mentioned in this book allows me to better understand my family¿s quest to continue as African American entrepreneurs in California. My Aunt Lucille Newson-Lazenby introduced the book to me in December of 2003. I now understand where and why I continue to speak out against injustice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable book. I found it very insightful. Rev. Scott is my grandmother's cousin. His mother and my grandmother's mom were sisters. I lived in East Carroll all my life and never knew these things about its history. I'm only 30 so most of these things took place before I was born. Its so strange to be looking at your past for the first time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was about time... This story was waiting to be told. It could only be told as it was told...thru the eyes of Rev. Scott. The real beauty was his beautiful daughter had the same vision as he did. The struggle does and must continue. Her way of continuing it, was to tell it again thru the eyes of the beholder and in terms of the truth and nothing but the truth. I was there with Rev. Scott and my father (Rev. Francis J. Atlas) thru my teen years. This is the way I remember Rev. Scott... plain, simple, to the point and with no fancy frills and promises of utopia. He was a man of his word, plain and simple. When he spoke, as soft as it was, you LISTENED. (When Mrs. Scott spoke, you did what she said, right then and there...) I knew of the severity of what was happening and it's payoffs. I also knew of some of the so called 'incidents' and who was behind them, however, I did not know of all of the grusome details. (Thank God that the 'old folks' kept those kinds of things from us as I was in the group of youngsters in the '60's' that was a lot more militant and wanted change faster than our parents was willing to accept! This is a book that I will never forget and I have recommended it to all of my friends and any other person that is willing to THINK and ACT!!! (Especially my white friends who THINK that they know something about the struggle for civil rights in this wonderful country of ours. I intend to contact the authors as they were a bit younger than I was at the time of the voter rights implementation. (If anyone out there can help with a direct contact let me know...) I must tell them of the hugeness of their contemporary contribution to the struggle even as we shutter at the thought of supreme court justice, clarence thomas', vote in the U of M case. (lower case indication in his name is deliberate!!!) Congradulations to the authors... You hit a home run with this one. Little Atlas
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book was so well written and enjoyable that I read it twice. It was one chosen as book of the month for my reading group SWER. I wish I could get the author to do a reading for my group, SWER-Sistha's Who Enjoy Reading. Our group rates it ten stars. 'It should be a movie'......said most of the members!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives the reader a walk through history from slavery through the 1960s. It provides a little known view of the civil rights struggle--from the eyes of a small town activist. Most people think the civil rights movement was mainly marches and demonstrations. This book shows the daily humiliations that African Americans went through trying to exercise a basic right--the right to vote. I recommend it to African Americans and Caucasians, to people who grew up in the civil rights era and those who were born after the Sixties, to every student of American history and everybody who wants to better understand race in the United States.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brown tells a powerful story about life in the twentieth-century South. The first-person narrative is articulate, forceful and graceful. At times poetic in its description of rural life in Louisiana, the story of Rev. John Henry Scott's struggle for dignity is never less than riveting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Witness to the Truth is an extraordinary account of the life of and struggle of the late Rev. John H. Scott for human rights in northeast Louisiana. Witness to the Truth provides the reader with an in-depth look into the complete culture and society of African Americans in Louisiana in the early 1900s on into the 1970s. Witness to the Truth should be on every college's reading list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Brown has succeeded in writing a truly inspirational biography about one of the many little known hero's of the American civil rights movement. Her father (deceased) is certain to be proudly looking down on her accomplishment. This book should be required reading for every school student.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides students of history with valuable information regarding the human rights struggle in Louisiana, especially in the Northeast area. It also provides a view of the personal side of a man whose daily life, and the life of his wife and children, became shaped by his bold dedication to the struggle. This book will increase awareness of heroes such as Rev. Scott, who are presently unrecognized, forgotten, or ignored. Though they may not have physically died at the hand of the enemy, they did give their lives, in the most complete way, for the cause. WITNESS TO THE TRUTH is interesting and inspiring reading for all, a chronicle of how Rev. Scott faced and dealt with his life's mission. It is also of special interest to those who live, or have lived in northern Louisiana, children or relatives of other forgotten heroes, "Children of the fifties and sixties", those interested in the Civil Rights Movement, and those interested in African American History, in general.