Witness to change : from Jim Crow to political empowerment / Sybil Haydel Morial ; foreword by Ambassador Andrew Young.
Contributor(s): Young, Andrew [writer of foreword.].Material type: BookPublisher: Winston-Salem, North Carolina : John F. Blair, Publisher, Description: xiv, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780895876553 (alkaline paper); 0895876558 (alkaline paper).Subject(s): Morial, Sybil Haydel | Morial, Sybil Haydel -- Family | Morial, Ernest N | New Orleans (La.) -- Biography | African American women political activists -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography | Politicians' spouses -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography | African American mayors -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography | African Americans -- Civil rights -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century | Social change -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century | New Orleans (La.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 976.3/35063092 | B
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"In 1950s New Orleans, a young woman steps into a white tulle gown and glides through her parents' home into the front garden. Her father, a respected surgeon, drives her downtown, where she will make her debut into black society. Though mesmerized by the ritual, Sybil Haydel, seventeen, cannot help noting the irony in a world where she daily faces the barriers of Jim Crow. Thirteen years later, Sybil lies sleepless next to her husband, Dutch Morial. Medgar Evers, NAACP field secretary, has been murdered in Mississippi. Dutch, the organization's New Orleans' president, has just received another death threat. In whispers, he and Sybil discuss how to protect their three children. The Morials become legal, then political, activists. Testing Brown v. Board of Education, Sybil attempts to enroll at Tulane and Loyola. She and Dutch challenge a statute restricting political activities of public-school teachers. Barred from the League of Women Voters, Sybil forms an organization to help register African Americans held back from voting. After serving as judge and Louisiana legislator, Dutch is elected New Orleans' first black mayor. Sybil's memoir reveals a woman whose intelligence overrides the clich�es of racial division. In its pages, we catch rare glimpses of black professionals in an earlier New Orleans, where the races, though socially isolated, lived side by side; when social connections helped to circumvent Jim Crow; when African-American culture forged New Orleans--and American--identity. Through loving eyes, Sybil traces the rise of her sons and daughters: After Dutch's death, Marc Morial, serves two terms as New Orleans mayor"--Provided by publisher.
Prologue: White gloves -- My New Orleans -- Separate, not equal -- Riding with Jim Crow -- Storm -- North -- Meeting of minds -- Love and war -- The South quakes -- Negotiation New Orleans-style -- Cultural deprivation -- Into the trenches -- A voice in the night -- Betsy, then Jean -- The gamble -- The invitation -- Into Africa -- Where we began -- Race for mayor -- New Orleans in color -- I've known rivers -- A house divided -- Silence in the house -- Hell and high water -- A president who looks like us -- Epilogue: Flood and fire.