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Another Sojourner Looking for Truth

My Journey from Civil Rights to Black Power and Beyond

Millicent E. Brown



Published: Apr 23 2024


Published: Apr 23 2024

OA Ebook
Published: Apr 23 2024


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Memories and insights of a lifetime fighting for Black freedom and social justice

Millicent E. Brown's family home at 270 Ashley Avenue in Charleston, South Carolina, was a center of civil rights activity. There Brown gained intimate knowledge of the struggle for racial justice, and those experiences set her on a life course dedicated to the civil rights struggle. Best known as the named plaintiff in the federal court case that, in 1963, forced the initial desegregation of public schools in South Carolina, her experiences as an activist range across years and well beyond her native state. Another Sojourner Looking for Truth is Brown's insightful reflection on her search for freedom in a nation deeply mired in white supremacist beliefs and overt violence against people of color.

In this revealing memoir, Brown writes about her fears and doubts, as well as the challenges of being a teenager expected to "represent the race" and combat negative stereotypes of African Americans. Readers also gain perspective on the interpersonal aspects of white backlash to civil rights progress and strategic machinations within the movement. Overall, Brown's words will inform, inspire, and challenge everyone to better understand the Black Freedom Struggle and confront its ongoing challenges.

Millicent E. Brown is a retired associate professor of history at Claflin University, having taught at several other institutions of higher education as well. She is a lifelong community advocate and spokesperson for improvements in historically and currently exploited neighborhoods and communities of color. She consults with museums, historical sites, and organizations, seeking more accurate analyses of social justice initiatives.

"Vivid testimony from an energetic activist."—Kirkus Reviews

"Millie Brown's love for her people made her a force to be reckoned with—and her knowledge was always unquestionably on point. Sharing her journey and insights will surely paint a picture of the American dream as only a free woman of color and a child of the '60s could."—Samuel L. Jackson, actor and activist

"Millicent Brown speaks from her own experience. Another Sojourner illuminates and elevates how Brown's work has led to a just future; explains the painful legacy of racism and marginalization; and compels many others, particularly girls and women, who are not always seen in public discourse as catalysts and leaders of social change to step up and step out."—Henrie Monteith Treadwell, public health expert, professor emerita, Morehouse School of Medicine, University of South Carolina desegregation pioneer

"Our fathers were both leaders in the civil rights movement, so her description of desegregation in the South is needed, real, timely, and poignant."—S. Charmaine McKissick-Melton, retired professor, mass communications, school desegregation pioneer, and daughter of CORE activist Floyd McKissick

"Part history, part coming-of-age story, Millicent E. Brown's intimate, enthralling memoir takes us from Charleston to Boston to Atlanta to hippie-era San Francisco and back again, as she celebrates the local stalwarts who made the civil rights movement and finds her own way of honoring her family's enduring legacy of service."—David Nicholson, author of The Garretts of Columbia: A Black South Carolina Family from Slavery to the Dawn of Integration

"Brown offers a vivid, personal, and oftentimes wrenching account of what the struggle for Black freedom, equality, and respect entailed for her and her family. Brown's memoir illustrates that she has earned her cred as an outspoken, thoughtful critic. We'd do well to listen (and read)."—Stephanie Hunt, Charleston Magazine

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