Tuesday, July 22nd 6:30 pm
Judge Helen Shores Lee will discuss the book she wrote with her sister, Barbara,about their father, The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family’s Fight for Civil Rights. These are firsthand accounts of growing up with a prominent Civil Rights attorney during the 60’s in the Jim Crow South. Some 50 unsolved Klan bombings happened in Smithfield where the Shores family lived, earning the neighborhood the nickname “Dynamite Hill.” It’s an incredible story of suffering but also overcoming with courage, determination, and triumph. Judge Lee is a Jefferson County Circuit Judge.
Chervis Isom published a memoir The Newspaper Boy: Coming of Age in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights Era, which tells of his journey out of the racism of his youth. It started as a series of stories meant to explain to his grandchildren the times in which he grew up and became a book that documents the evolution of his life as it intersected with historical and social developments that occurred during his youth. Mr. Isom has practiced law for 47 years with Berkowitz, Lefkovits, which merged into Baker Donelson.
T.K. Thorne has a book on a pivotal event in civil rights history–the 1963 Birmingham church bombing case, told from the investigators’ perspective, Last Chance for Justice: How Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers. It’s the non-fiction story of a Birmingham police detective and an FBI special agent thrown together to unravel a 37-year old cold murder case. T.K. Thorne is a retired captain of the Birmingham Police Department and now serves as executive director of CAP, a business improvement district in the city.
Barnett Wright, a native Pennsylvanian who works at the Birmingham News, has written 1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World. The book is a chronological account of major events including the church bombing, Albert Boutwell’s defeat of Eugene “Bull” Connor in the mayoral election,Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the sit-ins at downtown lunch counters, and the integration of schools. The book also covers George Wallace’s “stand in the schoolhouse door”, King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the assassination of President Kennedy.
Each book is fascinating on its own and together they tell the story of our city at a particular time in history. The event is Tuesday evening, July 22nd at 6:30 pm atthe Homewood Library. It is free and open to the public. Brought to you by Over the Mountain Democrats.