Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power

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University of Illinois Press, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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In whatever role he chose--civil rights leader, wealthy entrepreneur, or unconventional surgeon--Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard (1908-76) was always close to controversy. One of the leading renaissance men of twentieth century black history, Howard successfully organized a grassroots boycott against Jim Crow in the 1950s. Well known for his benevolence, fun-loving lifestyle, and fabulous parties attended by such celebrities as Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson, he could also be difficult to work with when he let his boundless ego get the best of him. A trained medical doctor, he kept the secrets of the white elite, and although married to one woman for forty years, he had many personal peccadilloes. But T. R. M. Howard's impressive accomplishments and abilities vastly outshone his personal flaws and foibles. He was a dynamic civil rights pioneer and promoter of self-help and business enterprise among blacks.

With this remarkable biography, David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito secure Howard's rightful place in African American history. Drawing from dozens of interviews with Howard's friends and contemporaries, as well as FBI files, court documents, and private papers, the authors present a fittingly vibrant portrait of a complicated leader, iconoclastic businessman, and tireless activist.

  

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This is an excellent book on an under-discussed, vibrant man who was critical to the civil rights era. He came before Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, or Bobby Seale. He mentored Rosa Parks and Medgar ... Read full review

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Contents

Up from the Black Patch
1
The Education of a Race Man
16
Fraternalist Entrepreneur Planter and SegregationEra
45
A Modern Moses for Civil Rights in Mississippi
69
The Most Hated and the Best Loved Man in Mississippi
90
The Murder of Emmett Till
115
Howard J Edgar Hoover and
148
A Republican Campaign
170
The Friendship Medical Center
197
Notes
229
Index
293
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David T. Beito is a professor of history at the University of Alabama. Linda Royster Beito is an associate professor and chair of social sciences at Stillman College.

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