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Speak Truth to Power: The Story of Charles Patrick, a Civil Rights Pioneer by Mignette Y. Patrick Dorsey

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This is the story of Charles Patrick told by his daughter, Mignette. Much of the focus is on a December 1954 incident that evolved into an early expression of the quest for Civil Rights in Birmingham. On that day Mr. Patrick began to pull into a parking space and was cut of by the wife of a policeman. She ordered him out of the way, and he replied, "He doesn't own the streets of Birmingham." He was arrested for "disorderly conduct," and jailed where he was beaten by the husband of the woman he had encountered and another policeman. He sued and eventually won a settlement. This books provides a picture of life in segregated Birmingham.