“A welcome contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement.” –Kirkus Reviews
In her new book, We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team that Dismantled Jim Crow, Margaret Edds tells the gripping story of two pioneering Virginia lawyers who were essential partners of Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in demolishing forced segregation in American schools, housing, and transportation. Their contributions to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and other seminal cases helped transform a state, a region, and a nation.
An epilogue addresses the growing threat to the promise of Brown and urges a new generation to embrace educational opportunity as the birthright of every American child.
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“The story of Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson—and all they did to change Virginia and America—needed telling, and Margaret Edds has done a masterful job.”
- Senator Tim Kaine