What’s in this book?
I wrote this memoir mainly as a result of my Caucasian father’s sudden and unpredictable encounter with the KKK, at the time of the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South during the 60’s generation. My memoir, which I told myself that I had to tell relative to my father’s ominous encounter with the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as to teach prospective readers about what the specifics of what it entailed, and to educate the younger generation about the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
The core strengths of the memoir include courage and determination, based upon an overall sense of humanity with regard to the Negro race. These characteristics were most essential to overcome the common racial bigotry of the White race, particularly in the Deep South, merely based upon the color of the Negroes’ skin. The courageousness on the parts of the most prominent leaders was relentlessly strong, even to the point of their willingness to become assassinated in order to reach social progress for the sake of what was also known as the “Colored” segment of society since they were not afraid to die for the attainment of such a noble cause. Such leaders included then-President John F. Kennedy. On the day of his assassination in Dallas, Texas in November of 1963, it was known by some that he had insisted upon riding past his beloved supporters with the convertible top-placed down because it made him feel closer to them in spirit. Another outstanding leader was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who lived from day to day with the realization that his life would ultimately come to a standstill, which it did in Memphis, Tennessee in June of 1968. In the exact same month and year, the late President John F. Kennedy’s younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy, was campaigning for President in California when he was assassinated while delivering another of his speeches before a crowd of his supporters.
I would hope to see my readers achieve a deep sense of humanity for their fellow human beings, regardless of their skin color, given the seemingly endless fatal sacrifices that they were forced to endure I also would hope that they will find my own personal story about my father to be just as equally compelling.
My personal story is only set apart by the situation in which it occurred, just as the setting of the many other comparable cases differed, respectively.
Message for Readers
“We Shall Overcome” was the signature song of the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s, nevertheless, too many Negroes were forced to encounter numerous sacrifices, which included lynching, their houses being burned to the ground, etc., by the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.