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Editor Emory O. Jackson, the Birmingham World, and the Fight for Civil Rights in Alabama, 1940-1975


Kimberley Mangun

This cultural biography tells the story of Birmingham World editor Emory O. Jackson. During his 35-year career in Alabama, he waged numerous sustained civil-rights campaigns for the franchise, equal educational opportunities, and justice for the victims of police brutality and bombings. The semiweekly newspaper was central to his advocacy. Jackson wrote editorials and columns that documented injustices and urged legislative and legal action in an effort to secure civil rights for Black Alabamians. His body of work, grounded in protest and passion, was part of the long tradition of the Black Press as an instrument to agitate for social and political change. Jackson also was a frequent speaker at NAACP branches, colleges, and churches. He was known as a commanding, even fiery, speaker who stressed first-class citizenship. Issues explored in the book demonstrate an assertion of constitutional rights in post-World War II America and a remarkable resilience. Editor Emory O. Jackson, the Birmingham World, and the Fight for Civil Rights in Alabama, 1940-1975 is the first scholarly analysis of his work and as such contributes to scholarship on the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama and the nation.

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Names: Mangun, Kimberley, author. Title: Editor Emory O. Jackson, the Birmingham World, and the fight for civil rights in Alabama, 1940–1975 / Kimberley Mangun. Other titles: AEJMC—Peter Lang scholarsourcing series; v. 4. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Series: AEJMC—Peter Lang scholarsourcing series; vol. 4 ISSN 2373-6976 (print) | ISSN 2373-6984 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2019003110 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4803-3 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4802-6 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4805-7 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-4806-4 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4807-1 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Jackson, Emory O. (Emory Overton), 1908–1975. | Birmingham world. | Civil rights movements—Alabama—History—20th century. | African American newspaper editors—Alabama—Biography. | African American newspapers—Alabama—Birmingham—History—20th century. Classification: LCC PN4882.5 .M36 2019 | DDC 071/.308996073 [B]—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b15454

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Cover image adapted with permission from NAACP Flyer 1961, Birmingham, Alabama, Public Library Archives

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