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
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