Black in Selma: The Uncommon Life of J.L. Chesnut, Jr.
Black in Selma: The Uncommon Life of J.L. Chesnut, Jr. by J.L. Chesnut Jr. and Julia Cass; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, $22.95
This autobiography of Selma, Ala.'s first black attorney and ardent civil rights activist is not just another panegyric to the movement in general, nor is it merely ode to the famous 1965 march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in particular. It is the poignant life story of a largely unsung hero, as well as a gritty, candid, instructive tale of how politically motivated advocates for equality and justice must sometimes be in order to achieve their goals.