Book of the Week (9/19/2016)

Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace (Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Calkins Creek Books, 2016.)

Local New Hampshire authors Rich and Sandra Neil Wallace present their new YA book, "Blood Brother". This is the story of the murder of New Hampshire student Jonathan Daniels; a white freedom fighter in Alabama in the 1960's. Coming from a background in Sociology, this book appeals to me for many reasons, including the subject of the struggle for civil rights, black voter rights, as well as the story of a brave freedom fighter likely unknown to many (including myself) who lost his life for the cause. It is especially of interest to New Hampshire residents because of Daniels' New Hampshire connection.

"Jonathan Daniels, a white seminary student from New Hampshire, traveled to Selma, Alabama, in 1965 to help with voter registration of black residents. After the voting rights marches, he remained in Alabama, in the area known as “Bloody Lowndes,” an extremely dangerous area for white freedom fighters, to assist civil rights workers. Five months later, Jonathan Daniels was shot and killed while saving the life of Ruby Sales, a black teenager. Through Daniels’s poignant letters, papers, photographs, and taped interviews, authors Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace explore what led Daniels to the moment of his death, the trial of his murderer, and how these events helped reshape both the legal and political climate of Lowndes County and the nation." -Publisher's website.

Authors Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace will be visiting Cheshire Children's Museum in Keene, NH, Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m to present "Blood Brother".
Authors Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace will also be visiting Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH, Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 5:30 p.m to present "Blood Brother".
Rich and Sandra will also be making appearances in the coming months at:
Bayswater Books in Center Harbor, NH, Saturday, November 26th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. and Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, NH, Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 1 p.m.

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