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Shocking the conscience : a reporter's account of the civil rights movement

Author: Simeon Booker; Carol McCabe Booker
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2013]
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Within a few years of its first issue in 1951, Jet, a pocket-size magazine, became the "bible" for news of the civil rights movement. It was said, only half-jokingly, "If it wasn't in Jet, it didn't happen." Writing for the magazine and its glossy, big sister "Ebony," for fifty-three years, longer than any other journalist, Washington bureau chief Simeon Booker was on the front lines of virtually every major event  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Simeon Booker
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simeon Booker; Carol McCabe Booker
ISBN: 9781617037894 1617037893
OCLC Number: 812081145
Description: xii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The sleeping giant --
"Time is running out" --
The rally ends; the killing begins --
Born to dream --"Let them see what I've seen" --
The trial --
"The little magazine that could" comes to Washington --
"A communist under every bed" --
Ike's first term --
The battle of Little Rock --
Eisenhower Redux --
Baltimore, my Baltimore --
A tale of two campaigns --
A new day dawning --
The freedom rides --
No ordinary football game --
Camelot, the final act --
A Southern president --
"All the way with LBJ" --
Fighting on --
A familiar face --
The end of the beginning.
Responsibility: Simeon Booker with Carol McCabe Booker.

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Within a few years of its first issue in 1951, Jet, a pocket-size magazine, became the "bible" for news of the civil rights movement. It was said, only half-jokingly, "If it wasn't in Jet, it didn't happen." Writing for the magazine and its glossy, big sister "Ebony," for fifty-three years, longer than any other journalist, Washington bureau chief Simeon Booker was on the front lines of virtually every major event of the revolution that transformed America. Rather than tracking the freedom struggle from the usually cited ignition points, "Shocking the Conscience" begins with a massive voting rights rally in the Mississippi Delta town of Mound Bayou in 1955. It's the first rally since the Supreme Court's "Brown" decision struck fear in the hearts of segregationists across the former Confederacy. It was also Booker's first assignment in the Deep South, and before the next run of the weekly magazine, the killings would begin. Booker vowed that lynchings would no longer be ignored beyond the black press. Jet was reaching into households across America, and he was determined to cover the next murder like none before. He had only a few weeks to wait. A small item on the AP wire reported that a Chicago boy vacationing in Mississippi was missing. Booker was on it, and stayed on it, through one of the most infamous murder trials in U.S. history. His coverage of Emmett Till's death lit a fire that would galvanize the movement, while a succession of U.S. presidents wished it would go away. This is the story of the century that changed everything about journalism, politics, and more in America, as only Simeon Booker, the dean of the black press, could tell it.

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Booker covered every Presidential election since the Eisenhower Administration in his fifty-three years with Johnson Publishing until he retired in 2007. . . [and in 1982] received one of the most Read more...

 
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