Kindly click the link to an invitation to a discussion with several students who integrated Lanier Jr. High School for Boys in Macon, Georgia in 1965. They will discuss how their experiences impacted the fulfillment of the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education case. The Symposium takes place Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Tubman African American Museum beginning at 10:00 am until noon. The Panelists are Carlton Haywood, Sylvester Royal, and James Thomas. The discussion is moderated by Harold Michael Harvey. A question and answer session will follow the symposium after which the panel invites attends to lunch at
How does a young man go from being a scared, sacred, and shy witness against a police officer one week and a bold, brutal, and brazen marijuana dealer the next week? How many pot distribution centers did the men from Alexandria, Louisiana drive pass on their way to Dallas, Texas? How could there have been a gun battle which killed one person and severely injured another one, and there is not one media report over the weekend of gun-battle injuries related to the death of Joshua Brown? If the Dallas Police coordinated with the medical center to keep news of
“Chip” Lawrence, National Cross-Checker for the San Diego Padres, hung up his baseball cleats 20 years ago after a career in minor league baseball and began scouting professionally. Like any red-blooded American baseball player, he knew he wanted to stay in the game beyond his playing days and help other youngsters find success in college and possibly a career in baseball. “There are so many jobs in baseball other than on the field,” Lawrence said, taking a break from the HBCU/All College Baseball Showcase he brings to Atlanta each year to introduce Black baseball players to college coaches from the
On September 6, 1965, thirteen Black students stepped onto the campus of Lanier Jr. High School for Boys in Macon, Georgia to begin the 1965-66 school year. The school built in 1948 for the education of white boys braced itself for a historical moment. The thirteen youngsters were the first of their race to enroll in this junior high school. Across Bibb County that morning over 240 Black students attended classes for the first time with white students. Several of them like the Lanier Junior High 13, was the first Black students enrolled in the segregated white junior
Greetings Mr. Harvey, educator, coach, baseball legend, author, journalist, lawyer, defender, organizer, trailblazer, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, my hero and so many wonderful things to so many people. I am honored to have met you. Thank you for your selfless service and contributions to our community. Thanks for sharing yourself and talents with the world. I thank you for defending all of those kids during Freaknik who did not deserve to be arrested. I hope you are very proud of your accomplishments because you should be. I am! Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance is an excellent book.
“I was not sure of the reception from my hometown,” Harold Michael Harvey, author of Freaknik Lawyer, said. He had just finished reading a passage from his memoir to a gathering of Maconites at the historic Douglass Théâtre. Harvey’smemoir on the craft of resistance is an intimate portrayal of his life coming of age in Macon, first during Jim Crow, and later during integration. “The most amazing thing about the evening was a young teenager working at the Douglass Theatre tonight. He left his work duties in another section of the Douglass to observe the book launch. He caught my
Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance by Harold Michael Harvey is more than a simple memoir of a movement of resistance. It’s a love story about the author’s family and it is through that lens where we discover that the spirit of resistance that resides deep in Harvey’s soul, didn’t just happen but was born out of centuries of struggle – and the urge – no the need to resist. Harvey traces his own history using the tools given to him by a culture designed to oppress African Americans. He explores the impacts of the Plessy v.
I begin the preamble of my memoir, Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance with a quote from Tom Wolfe’s character, Captain Charlie, in A Man in Full. Tom Wolfe visited Atlanta in the late 1990s to research his novel about Southern power and privilege and a Freaknik lawyer. Tom Wolf interviewed more than 100 people in Atlanta for background material. He did not come by The Harvey Law Firm to talk to me. The fictitious Freaknik Lawyer in A Man in Full is not remotely close to the real man. Tom Wolfe’s omission to talk with me
September 1965, this young man and 12 others integrated Lanier Jr. High. On Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 6-9pm at the Douglass Theatre in Macon, Georgia, the older man will read from his memoir Freaknik Lawyer about the horror he felt that day, 54 years ago. “I grew up a lot my first day at school with white kids,” Harvey said. He added, “I was not prepared for the reception I received, the constant name-calling from the other kids, and the mean-spirited teachers.” Like many other Black boys during the dying days of segregation, Harvey took out much of his
We fall down, but we get up! Remember those who went to work that morning and did not come back home. Remember the personal freedoms all Americans lost on this day 18 years ago. As we strove to rebuild the World Trade Center, let us commit to restoring the security and safety enjoyed by Americans prior to this day. Those days can come back. The bad actors can be put back into the bottle.