by Charlie Evers and Andrew Szanton
A moving and dramatic coming-of-age memoir of Charles Evers, one of the most colorful civil rights pioneers and brother of Medgar Evers, slain hero of the Movement. Evers led a biracial coalition which unseated an all-white Mississippi delegation at the 1968 Democratic Convention and was the first African American to run for governor of Mississippi and to be elected mayor in that state since reconstruction. His story is riveting and, working with a gifted collaborator, he has created a strong sense of time and place. Reveals new information about the Kennedys, especially Bobby who was a very close friend, and offers an up close perspective on Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders.
"Charles Evers has given us one of the most extraordinary memoirs about race in America that I know. This holy sinner of the civil rights era, who kept company with mobsters, bootleggers, call girls, Kings, Kennedys, and Rockefellers has produced, with Andrew Szanton, a salient one-man's history of Mississippi and the United States before and after Brown v. Board of Education. The fascinating interplay of racial nihilism and political sagacity is reminiscent of the early Malcolm X and the mature Frederick Douglass." --David Levering Lewis
About the Author:
Charles Evers lives in Fayette, Mississippi, where he served as mayor for twenty-five years.
Andrew Szanton is a former oral historian at the Smithsonian Institution. His first book was Recollections of Eugene P. Wigner. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.