PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK

Somehow the sweeping changes of the Civil Rights movement bypassed rural McIntosh Country, Georgia.


“Dr. King come as far south as Albany but he never did come here,” said the old-timers, as if it would have taken no one less than King to overturn the ancient system of segregation descending from slavery time, and to overthrow and the semi-criminal almost-legendary rule of Sheriff Tom Poppell.

Praying for Sheetrock (1991) tells the true story of a group of younger African-American leaders, allied with a motley crew of Legal Services attorneys, to begin to right the wrongs of several centuries’ duration.

Finalist for the 
National Book Award

Finalist for the
 National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the
 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

Winner of the
 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize


Winner of the
 The Salon Book Award For Non-Fiction

Winner of the
 QPB [Quality Paperback Books] New Voices Award

Winner of the
 Annisfield-Wolf Book Award

Winner of the 
Lillian Smith Book Award

Winner of the
 Georgia Historical Society Bell Award

Winner of the 
Georgia Author Award

 

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