The Way It Was in the South: 20 years old & going strong

There were about 8,000 hardcover copies published of THE WAY IT WAS IN THE SOUTH: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN GEORGIA. 6,000 of those were published in hardcover by Carol Publishing in NY back in late 1993, five years after the author died. It is my father’s life’s work, and the tragedy of his life is not living to see it completed and published. That task fell…

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Why don’t Cumming city officials use e-mail?

A bunch of old white men run Cumming, the Forsyth County seat. Last year, Mayor H. Ford Gravitt created a controversy by ejecting a citizen who was videotaping a City Council meeting–in clear violation of Georgia’s open meetings act. Politifact even weighed in on the case. Fortunately, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has gotten involved to enforce the law, but…

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Judgment on Brambleman

As you may know, Brambleman recently won the Independent Book Publishers Asscoiation’s Benjamin Franklin Award (which was recently sent back to the shop for repairs). The award went to the publisher, not the author. I suppose I’d be irritated if I wasn’t Thornbriar Press, as well. I’v also received the Benjamin Franklin Award judging forms for Brambleman, which might interest you.  The…

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What did you have for lunch today?

This is one of my favorite paragraphs from Brambleman. It comes in the middle of the story, after Charlie Sherman has finished his work on the horrors of 1912 Forsyth, County, Georgia. Now he’s investigating something that is, in its own way, even worse. He’s just interviewed an eyewitness to a crime that had occurred seventy years previously, an event…

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It’s fixing to get real in Cumming, Georgia

Bring it.   Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is taking on Mayor H. Ford Gravitt of Forsyth over an obvious violation of the state’s open meetings act.  Click for background. Olens v. Gravitt Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Forsyth County Courthouse 100 W. Courthouse Square Cumming, GA 30040 Be there! Be there! Be there! Here’s Politifact’s take on the case.  It says…

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“Stand your ground” didn’t work so well for black man in Georgia

Update: McNeil has been released from prison in a plea deal that avoided a retrial in the error-filled case. It really just compounds the injustice, however. Click here and here for more details. * * * Even before the Trayvon Martin case, African-Americans were well aware that measures such as “stand your ground” pose a danger to them due to unequal…

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