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Author Johnson, Yvette, author.

Title The song and the silence : a story about family, race, and what was revealed in a small town in the Mississippi Delta while searching for Booker Wright / Yvette Johnson.

Publication Info. New York ; London ; Toronto : Atria Books, [2017]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  305.896 W93Bj 2017    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Edition First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Description xx, 315 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Contents Part I. Places in time -- Where he was king -- Scattered -- A yellow gal -- Part II. Family -- Black is beautiful -- Coming to terms -- "Get off this place" -- Part III. Surface of the deep -- Colorless -- A catalyst -- A place for the planter class -- Part IV. Some sort of charm -- A magical town -- A not-so magical town -- Making a movement -- Part V. The delta -- From the cotton fields to the football fields -- Fever -- Town on fire -- A self-portrait -- Part VI. Mothers -- A crack in the world -- A specific kind of pain -- A history lesson -- Part VII. The river's Eden -- A place to descend to -- Descendants of master and slave -- Booker's place -- Deconstructing a racist -- Part VIII. A twisted strand -- Quiet years -- A murder story -- Greenwood -- Part IX. Inheritance -- Booker's song -- Remembering.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "In this...memoir, Yvette Johnson travels to the Mississippi Delta to uncover the true story of her later grandfather, whose extraordinary act of courage changed both their live. "Have to keep that smile," Booker Wright said in the 1966 NBC documentary Mississippi: A Self-Portrait. At the time, Wright spent his evenings waiting tables for whites at a local restaurant and his mornings running his own business. The ripple effect from his remarks would cement Booker as a civil rights icon because he did the unthinkable: before a national audience, Wright described what life truly was like for the black people of Greenwood, Mississippi"--Dust jacket.
Subject Wright, Booker.
African Americans -- Mississippi -- Greenwood -- Biography.
Murder victims -- Mississippi -- Greenwood -- Biography.
Greenwood (Miss.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Racism -- Mississippi -- Greenwood -- History -- 20th century.
Johnson, Yvette -- Family.
Greenwood (Miss.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9781476754949 (hardcover)
1476754942 (hardcover)
9781476754956 (pbk.)
1476754950 (pbk.)
9781476754963 (ebook)

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