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Civil Rights Memoir Resonates with Today’s Call for Racial Justice

Author: Kathryn Pitts

Taking the Fight South

Distinguished historian and civil rights activist Howard Ball has written extensively about civil rights and civil liberties. In Taking the Fight South, Ball’s candid and beautifully written memoir, he focuses on six years, from 1976 to 1982, when he and his Jewish family moved from the Bronx to Starkville, Mississippi, where he taught in the political science department at Mississippi State University. With breathtaking historical authority, Ball narrates the experience of his family as Jewish outsiders in Mississippi, contending with the aftermath of the civil rights struggle. From refereeing football games and helping young black girls integrate the segregated Girl Scout troops in Starkville, to life-threatening calls from the KKK in the middle of the night, from his work for the ACLU to his arguments in the press and before a congressional committee for the extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Ball takes the reader to a precarious time and place in the history of the South.…

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Books in Honor of MLK Jr. Day from Notre Dame Press

Author: Notre Dame Press News

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader's life and legacy. While designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities, it is also used as a day to examine King’s work and to express hope that this nation can be better if we all come together and work towards making it a better place. Poverty, unemployment, voting rights, and racial disparities in education are still issues today, as they were when MLK fought for racial equity five decades ago. Today, the United States still needs the civil rights movement. The University of Notre Dame Press is proud to publish two profoundly moving books this spring that look at the history of the civil rights movement and a great abolitionist and archivist of the Underground Railroad.…

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