Monday night at the Birmingham Public Library, there was a great book signing for my new book, Birmingham Foot Soldiers: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement. The event, sponsored by the Metro Birmingham Branch of the NAACP, featured several of the foot soldiers themselves — veterans of the Birmingham protest movement — who in 1963, faced down Bull Connor’s fire hoses, police dogs, and, in many cases, withstood incarceration.
After listening to the foot soldiers share some of their own inspiring stories, and, in the case of Myrna Carter Jackson, belting out freedom songs, the audience cleaned out my supply of books.
Fortunately, the publisher, History Press, sent more. Come to the Alabama Theatre Sunday at 1 p.m. if you’d like to get one of them. If you bring one you bought elsewhere – like say, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute gift shop – I’ll be glad to sign it.