Alabama civil rights lawyer Solomon S. Seay presents his memoir of practicing law during the turbulent civil rights era in Jim Crow and Me: Stories From My Life As A Civil Rights Lawyer.
Raised by a preacher father whom Martin Luther King Jr. himself would cite as mentor and inspiration, Seay studied hard and was one of only ten black lawyers in all of Alabama when he began his professional practice in 1957. His story is not a uniformly flowing narrative, but rather a series of intense vignettes, evoking the power and difficulty of challenging the old order and bringing a new standard of equality to America as a whole and the South in particular. Highly recommended.
—Midwest Book Review
The tone is lively, to appeal to a broad audience—stories that “have some meaning, yet while being entertaining.” For this reason, it’s a good book for schools and should keep the attention of young people.
—Fred Lippincott, First Draft