Birmingham, Alabama has been much in the news lately for what some are calling a renaissance. But it’s history is where Birmingham’s most powerful stories come from. Attorney Chervis Isom tells his own journey from racist upbringing to advocacy for a tolerant, color-blind society in his book “The Newspaper Boy: Coming of Age in Birmingham, Alabama, During the Civil Rights Era.”
Veterans of the civil rights movement in the same city tell their heartfelt stories of abuse, protest, sacrifice, and triumph in my own book, Birmingham Foot Soldiers: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement.
At the intersection of all these striking personal accounts there is the tale of a city’s transformation on an individual and societal level. Isom and I talk about our books at the Birmingham Public Library, Friday Sept. 12, at noon.
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