Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc., C. Calvin Smith Book Award

“Young . . . looks at both sides of Church’s personality, and he has painted Church’s image onto the larger canvas of African American political struggle.”Journal of American History

 “An enlightening local study of racial politics in a Southern city. Written in concise, accessible, and jargon-free prose, this will be the definitive book on Robert Church Jr. for decades to come.”Journal of African American History

“A powerfully argued critical study of one of the most influential figures who lived during the first half of the twentieth century.”Journal of Southern History

“An original portrait of a largely unheralded African American political and civil rights leader in the first half of the twentieth century. Young draws from an impressive range of primary and secondary sources to provide a much-needed biography of this important figure.”—Elizabeth Gritter, author of River of Hope: Black Politics and the Memphis Freedom Movement, 1865–1954
“A meticulous and well-researched biography that reintroduces us to a titan of the early civil rights struggle.”—Charles W. McKinney Jr., author of Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina  

Darius J. Young is associate professor of history at Florida A&M University.
Publication of the paperback edition made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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