Book of the Week #34

The Jon Daniels Story with his Letters and Papers, edited with an introduction by William J. Schneider (NY: Seabury Press, 1967)

On August 20, 1965, Jonathan Daniels, a seminary student and volunteer civil rights worker who had grown up in Keene, NH, was shot to death in broad daylight by a white deputy sheriff in Hayneville, Alabama. This volume was compiled after Daniels' death by his friend William J. Schneider, an Episcopal Chaplain at Harvard and Radcliff. It includes a brief biographical sketch of Jonathan Daniels as well as his collected letters and papers. If you are interested in further reading about Jonathan Daniels you might also consider Outside Agitator: Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama by Charles W. Eagles (University of North Carolina Press, 1993) and American Martyr: The John Daniels Story, edited by William J. Schneider (Morehouse Publishers, 1992)

Jonathan Daniels is the subject of a play by local playwright Lowell Williams, Six Nights in the Black Belt which opens tonight (8/26/10) at the Amato Center in Milford, NH and runs through 8/29/10. Performances are at 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. There will be formal talk backs after the Saturday matinee and Saturday evening shows. The show is being presented by M&M Productions and tickets are $15.

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