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Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle (Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies)

This book is about Gilbert R. Mason
"Beaches, Blood, and Ballots: A Black Doctor's Civil Rights Struggle" is a compelling memoir of Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. Published on June 11, 2007, this book reveals an intimate eyewitness account of the integration efforts on the Gulf Coast, underpinned by newly accessible documents from the secretive Mississippi Sovereignty Commission. Dr. Mason’s brave actions began in 1959 with “wade-ins” against segregated beaches, leading to violent confrontations and eventually sparking significant legal battles against racist laws. His narrative extends beyond public activism, offering a poignant look at the everyday impacts of segregation on black communities, while also detailing his own journey from a modest upbringing to becoming a physician committed to justice. Ideal for adult education, this story not only sheds light on racial justice and education equity but also inspires a deeper understanding of the resilience and determination needed to challenge systemic oppression.
Published by University Press of Mississippi on June 11, 2007
264 pages
ISBN: 9781934110287
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