The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement

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NewSouth Books, May 5, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 351 pages
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Even forty years after the civil rights movement, the transition from son and grandson of Klansmen to field secretary of SNCC seems quite a journey. In the early 1960s, when Bob Zellner's professors and classmates at a small church school in Alabama thought he was crazy for even wanting to do research on civil rights, it was nothing short of remarkable. Now, in his long-awaited memoir, Zellner tells how one white Alabamian joined ranks with the black students who were sitting-in, marching, fighting, and sometimes dying to challenge the Southern "way of life" he had been raised on but rejected. Decades later, he is still protesting on behalf of social change and equal rights. Fortunately, he took the time, with co-author Constance Curry, to write down his memories and reflections. He was in all the campaigns and was close to all the major figures. He was beaten, arrested, and reviled by some but admired and revered by others. The Wrong Side of Murder Creek, winner of the 2009 Lillian Smith Book Award, is Bob Zellner's larger-than-life story, and it was worth waiting for.
 

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Zellner's memoir focuses on his experiences as a civil rights activist from 1960 to 1967. He tells a story that is sometimes horrific, always interesting, and ultimately inspirational about a white ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
9
Preface
13
Growing Up in LA Lower Alabama
17
BISCUIT MAN
37
RACE RELATIONS 402
48
THE HUNTINGTON FIVE
61
UNDER THE INFLUENCE
73
FREEDOM RIDERS IN MONTGOMERY
89
ORGANIZING IN TALLADEGA
207
GEORGE WALLACE AND ME
217
JOHN BROWN LIVE LIKE HIM
234
This Is Not a Social Call
246
How Gladly They Stood
253
SEEING STARS
268
SEED POD EXPLOSION
275
TRAIN WRECK
280

THE HIGHS OF HIGHLANDER
101
MY SEPTEMBER 11ITH FAREWELL
120
BREIFCASE AND BROOM
134
MURDER AND MAYHAM IN MCCOMB
150
WORKING ON THE CHAIN GANG
173
CRIMINAL ANARCHY IN BATON ROUGE
190
GOODBYE AND GROW
300
FUNDI PASSING IT ON
314
UP SOUTH
322
EPILOGUE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
331
INDEX
341
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Julian Bond is the chairman of the NAACP & lives in Washington, D.C.

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