Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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University of Georgia Press, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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Donald L. Hollowell was Georgia's chief civil rights attorney during the 1950s and 1960s. In this role he defended African American men accused or convicted of capital crimes in a racially hostile legal system, represented movement activists arrested for their civil rights work, and fought to undermine the laws that maintained state-sanctioned racial discrimination. In Saving the Soul of Georgia, Maurice C. Daniels tells the story of this behindthe- scenes yet highly influential civil rights lawyer who defended the rights of blacks and advanced the cause of social justice in the United States.

Hollowell grew up in Kansas somewhat insulated from the harsh conditions imposed by Jim Crow laws throughout the South. As a young man he served as a Buffalo Soldier in the legendary Tenth Cavalry, but it wasn't until after he fought in World War II that he determined to become a civil rights attorney. The war was an eye-opener, as Hollowell experienced the cruel discrimination of racist segregationist policies. The irony of defending freedom abroad for the sake of preserving Jim Crow laws at home steeled his resolve to fight for civil rights upon returning from war.

From his legal work in the case of Hamilton E. Holmes and Charlayne Hunter that desegregated the University of Georgia to his defense of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his collaboration with Thurgood Marshall and his service as the NAACP's chief counsel in Georgia, Saving the Soul of Georgia explores the intersections of Hollowell's work with the larger civil rights movement.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Preparing for Battle Early Influences and Aspirations
11
A Legal Education Addressing the Just Grievances of Negroes in America
23
The Road to Freedom Challenging Segregation as Georgias Chief Civil Rights Lawyer
44
Opening the Doors Dismantling Segregation in Higher Education
66
An Appeal for Human Rights The Atlanta Student SitIns
91
Freedom in the Air The Albany Movement
130
Turning the Tide Hollowells March across Georgia
160
Hollowells New Marching Orders
190
Notes
211
Bibliography
255
Index
267
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Maurice C. Daniels is dean and professor of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia and is founder and director of The Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies. He is the author of Horace T. Ward: Desegregation of the University of Georgia, Civil Rights, and Jurisprudence and executive producer of a number of civil rights documentaries.

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