Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment Sybil H Morial

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Published: September 24th 2015

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226 pages


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Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment  by  Sybil H Morial

Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment by Sybil H Morial
September 24th 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 226 pages | ISBN: | 8.67 Mb

In 1950s New Orleans, a young woman steps into her white tulle gown and glides down the long hallway of her parents’ house into the front garden. Her father, a respected surgeon, drives her downtown, where she will make her debut into Negro society.MoreIn 1950s New Orleans, a young woman steps into her white tulle gown and glides down the long hallway of her parents’ house into the front garden.

Her father, a respected surgeon, drives her downtown, where she will make her debut into Negro society. Though mesmerized by the rituals, Sybil Haydel, 17, cannot help but note their irony in a world where she daily faces the barriers and insults of Jim Crow. Thirteen years later, Sybil lies sleepless in bed next to her husband, Dutch Morial. Medgar Evers, the NAACP’s national leader, has just been murdered in Mississippi. Dutch, the organization’s New Orleans’ president, has just received another chilling death threat.

In halting whispers, the couple discusses how to protect their three young children. The Morials first become legal, then political, activists. TestingBrown v Board of Education, Sybil attempts to enroll at Tulane and Loyola. She and Dutch challenge a statute restricting political activities of public school teachers.

Barred from the League of Women Voters, Sybil forms an organization to help register Negroes held back from voting. After serving as judge and Louisiana legislator, Dutch is elected New Orleans’ first black mayor. Sybil’s memoir reveals a woman whose intelligence overrides the clichés of racial division. In its pages, we catch rare glimpses of black professionals in an earlier New Orleans, when races, though socially isolated, lived side by side- when social connections helped to circumvent Jim Crow- when African-American culture forged New Orleans—and American—identity.

Through loving eyes, Sybil traces the rise of her sons and daughters: After Dutch’s death, Marc Morial, serves two terms as New Orleans mayor. Sybil’s other children—a physician, a public policy strategist, a community development director, and a judge—lead and serve their communities before, and after, Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.



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