The Georgia Writers Association, in conjunction with Kennesaw State University, has given its Georgia Author of the Year Award in History to THE BROWN DECISION, JIM CROW, AND SOUTHERN IDENTITY by James C. Cobb. In this spirited defense of the landmark civil rights case and its place in our history, Cobb addresses a growing trend of dismissiveness and negativity toward the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling and other accomplishments of the civil rights movement.
Calling the book "ornery but learned," historian Robert J. Norrell (author of The House I Live In: Race in the American Century) has praised THE BROWN DECISION... as "a powerful assertion of the centrality of the Brown decision to the South's racial progress in the twentieth century. Those who have said otherwise get taken to the woodshed in this lively little book."
Jim Cobb blogs here
Another book by Jim Cobb
The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Resources from National Public Radio on the fiftieth anniversary of Brown
Photo: Michael Patterson