Witness to the Truth: My Struggle for Human Rights in Louisiana by Cleo Scott Brown, John H. Scott (Hardback, 2003)
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- DescriptionWitness 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, almost all-black parish, John H. Scott grew up in a community where black businesses, schools, and neighborhoods thrived in isolation from the white population. The settlement appeared self-sufficient and independent, but all was t as it seemed. From Reconstruction until the 1960s, African Americans still were t allowed to register and vote. Scott, a minister and farmer, proceeded to redress this inequality. Ultimately convincing Attorney General Robert Kennedy to participate in his crusade, Scott led a twenty-five year struggle that graphically illustrates how persistent efforts by local citizens translated into a national movement. Witness to the Truth recounts the complex tyranny of southern race relations in Louisiana. Raised by grandparents who lived during slavery, Scott grew up learning about the horrors of that institution, and he himself experienced the injustices of Jim Crow laws. Chronicling almost one hundred years, the book examines migrations between the two world wars, the displacement of African American farmers during the New Deal, and the shocking methods white southerners used to keep African Americans under ecomic domination and away from the polls. A longtime chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a recipient of the A. P. Tureaud Citizens Award, Scott embodied the persistence, strength, and raw courage required of African American leaders in the rural South, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. His story illustrates the contributions of local NAACP leaders in advancing the human rights movement. Cleo Scott Brown, Scott's daughter, draws on oral history interviews with her father conducted by historian Joseph Logsdon as the basis for the book. She also uses 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 to complete the biography.
- Author BiographyCleo Scott Brown worked for six years to gather and present the story told in Witness to the Truth. A graduate of Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, she also attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Brown is employed 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 who live in impoverished areas of northeast Louisiana. Brown now lives in Goose Creek, South Carolina.
- Author(s)Cleo Scott Brown,John H. Scott
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2003
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Note20 halftones
- Weight694 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Volume editorCleo Scott Brown
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