By Robert A. Pratt
In September 1950, Horace Ward, an African American scholar from los angeles Grange, Georgia, utilized to legislations tuition on the collage of Georgia. regardless of his remarkable educational checklist, Ward acquired a reply—in fact, a bribe—from one of many university's best officers providing him monetary suggestions if he could attend an out-of-state legislations college. Ward, outraged on the unfairness of the proposition and made up our minds to finish this unequal remedy, sued the country of Georgia with the aid of the NAACP, turning into the 1st black pupil to problem segregation at the college of Georgia.
Beginning with Ward's unsuccessful software to the collage and both unsuccessful swimsuit, Robert A. Pratt deals a conscientiously researched account of the tumultuous occasions surrounding the desegregation of Georgia's flagship establishment. depending on archival fabrics and oral histories, Pratt debunks the myths encircling the landmark 1961 choice to simply accept black scholars into the collage: particularly the inspiration that the college of Georgia desegregated with little or no violent competition. Pratt indicates that after Ward, by means of then a legal professional, helped litigate for the popularity of Hamilton Earl Holmes and Charlayne Alberta Hunter, collage of Georgia scholars, instead of outsiders, rigorously deliberate riots to motivate the expulsion of Holmes and Hunter. Pratt additionally demonstrates how neighborhood political leaders through the nation sympathized with—even aided and abetted--the pupil protestors.
Pratt's provocative tale of 1 civil rights fight doesn't cease with the preliminary felony selection that ended segregation on the collage. He additionally examines the legacy of Horace Ward and different civil rights pioneers concerned about the university's desegregation—including Donald Hollowell and Constance Baker Motley—who persevered for an entire life to damage colour obstacles within the South and past. We Shall now not Be Moved is a testomony to Horace Ward, Hamilton Holmes, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and others who bravely challenged years of legalized segregation.
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