By Bill Steigerwald,Juan Williams
Escorted throughout the South’s parallel black society by means of John Wesley Dobbs, a historical black civil rights pioneer from Atlanta, Sprigle met with sharecroppers, neighborhood black leaders, and households of lynching sufferers. He visited ramshackle black colleges and slept on the houses of filthy rich black farmers and doctors.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter’s sequence used to be syndicated coast to coast in white newspapers and carried into the South in basic terms by means of the Pittsburgh Courier, the country’s best black paper. His brilliant descriptions and undisguised outrage at "the iniquitous Jim Crow method" surprised the North, enraged the South, and ignited the 1st nationwide debate within the media approximately finishing America’s procedure of apartheid.
Six years prior to Brown v. Board of Education, seven years earlier than the homicide of Emmett until, and 13 years ahead of John Howard Griffin’s comparable test grew to become the bestseller Black Like Me, Sprigle’s intrepid journalism blasted into the yank attention the bleak truth of black lives within the South.
Author invoice Steigerwald elevates Sprigle’s groundbreaking exposé to its rightful position one of the seminal occasions of the early Civil Rights movement.