The Norfolk 17: A Personal Narrative On Desegregation In Norfolk, Virginia, In 1958 1962
- Publish Date: 2006-08-22
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Andrew Heidelberg
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This book is about my personal experiences and feelings as part of the Norfolk 17, who went through the hardship of the initial school desegregation debacle from 1958 to 1962 in Norfolk, Virginia. It will provide some historical events, but more importantly, a first-hand account of what truly happened. I am a firm believer of the notion that formal history books are written by winners of war (i.e., one-sided, whoever is in control). Just like a well-prepared photo album, formal history books hide the dirty laundry. In order to find the truth, one must necessarily dig deep, and sometimes the truth is so deep that it is still buried within people?s feelings. Therefore, bringing it out and presenting it to the world in the written form, as I do with this book, will be a great service for the present and the future and will help preserve the memories of the past no matter how painful they may be.
Some of the stories you will read about may shock you, such as the verbal attacks when confronted by bigots, the extent of racial hatred, and the actual physical attacks exhibited like the incident with Lavera Forbes. I hope all who read the book will compare it to reports and writings offered by others on the same subject.
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