Beaches, blood, and ballots : a black doctor's civil rights struggle

Mason, Gilbert R

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  • "This book, the first to focus on the integration of the Gulf Coast, is Dr. Gilbert R. Mason's eyewitness account of harrowing episodes that occurred during the civil rights movement. Newly opened by court order, documents from the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission's secret files enhance this riveting memoir written by a major civil rights figure. He joined his friends and allies Aaron Henry and the martyred Medgar Evers to combat injustices in one of the nation's most notorious bastions of segregation." "His story recalls the great migration of blacks to the North, of family members who remained in Mississippi, of family ties in Chicago and other northern cities. Following graduation from Tennessee State and Howard University Medical College, he set up his practice in the black section of Biloxi in 1955 and experienced the restrictions that even a black physician suffered in the segregated South. Four years later, he began his battle to dismantle the Jim Crow system. This is the story of his struggle and hard-won victory."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-214) and index.


  • 1. Beginnings -- 2. Preparation for Service -- 3. Going Home to Serve -- 4. The Beach -- 5. The Bloody Wade-In -- 6. Harassment, Lies, and Sovereignty Commission Spies -- 7. Ballots, Beaches, and Bullets -- 8. Desegregation Now! -- 9. Community Action and Hurricane Camille -- 10. Inclusion, Influence, and Public Responsibilities
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