Award winning, multi-volume, multi-genre author Derek R. King introduces us to his amazing book about a man, an era and a crusade, “The Life and Times of Clyde Kennard”:
In 1955, Clyde Kennard, a decorated army veteran, was forced to cut short the final year of his studies at the University of Chicago and return home to Mississippi due to family circumstances, where Kennard made the decision to complete his education. Yet still on the eve of the civil rights movement in America, Kennard’s decision would be one of the first serious attempts to integrate any public school at the college level in the state. The Life and Times of Clyde Kennard tells the true story of Kennard’s efforts to complete his further education at Mississippi Southern College (now the University of Southern Mississippi) against the backdrop of the institutionalized social order of the times and the prevailing winds of change attempting to blow that social order away. As Meredith’s admission to "Ole Miss" became more widely known at the time, Kennard became the forgotten man. Author Derek R. King shares his extensive research into Kennard’s life, and touches on key events that shaped those times.
What an amazing book! Starting from the earliest days of slavery in the new world, Derek takes us through the significant events in American history that led to the Civil Rights Movement in the middle of the twentieth century.
It came down to the decision of Clyde Kennard to leave college and return to the family farm in Mississippi, so he could care for his mother and keep the farm going. His decision and that of others to want to finish their education in a good college, that they were barred from attending by state law and practice is the crux of the matter.
The events that have unfolded for Clyde and many others since that time, more than 50 years ago, have led to unprecedented changes in our society. We have outlawed racism in as many forms as possible and continue to seek expanded opportunities for all people. We haven’t reached the finish line yet, but knowing how far we have come as a society since Clyde’s life ended is a great encouragement. We can feel strengthened to continue the course and root out this pernicious evil wherever it may be found.
Derek uses a plethora of source material from both sides of the issue to weave a coherent and understandable story. All sides are well represented at all levels of government.
This is a book well worth reading. It is hard to put down at times and it is hard to read at times about the abuse that these Americans endured simply because of their skin color. Even though I found a small handful of spelling errors, I am going to award 5 stars to “The Life and Times of Clyde Kinnard”! Thank you, Mr. King, for giving 10 years of your life to bring this story to light.
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Tags: civil rights, civil disobedience, movement, history, slavery, slaves, Africa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, Emmett Till,
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