Freaknik Lawyer Wins Book Award!

August 21, 2020 Off By Michael
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Freaknik Lawyer wins book award

We are excited to announce that Harold Michael Harvey has won a bronze medal from the Living Now Book Awards in the category of male memoirs for his work Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance ( Cascade Publishing House, Atlanta, 2019).

Harvey’s book will be featured next year in the Awards section at the prestigious BookExpo America 2021. His novel Paper Puzzle received similar exposure at BookExpo America 2011.

“The announcement caught me by surprise,” Harvey said.

Then added, “I affirmed at the beginning of the year that Freaknik Lawyer would win an award, but when it failed to receive an award in the spring from two industry medal programs, I thought recognition for my effort would go unrecognized. I was a bit disappointed.”

Grinning broadly, Harvey said, “I am delighted that Living Now found merit in my work.”

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Harold Michael Harvey addressing the Abbott Race Institute in Brunswick, Georgia in 2018

Freaknik Lawyer chronicles Harvey’s life from the day before he was born through his pro bono representation of students from historically Black Colleges and Universities, who were arrested during a Black College spring festival in the mid-1990s in Atlanta, Georgia.

Harvey stood alone as the only attorney in the metropolitan Atlanta area who dared to support these college students. His courageous representation earned him the nickname “Freaknik Lawyer.”

“What I saw in the streets of Atlanta during Freaknik in the 90s is what I saw across America in 2020. The only difference is the iPhone,” Harvey said.

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When asked what the Living Now Award means to him, Harvey said, “I hope this medal will bring greater recognition to my work. After closing my law practice in 2005, I have tried to reinvent myself as the writer I had always wanted to be. Perhaps, this award will draw more readers to my work.”

Besides Paper Puzzle and Justice in the Round: Essays on the American Jury System written in the last decade, Harvey penned two books during the 2020 pandemic. They are the Duke of 18th & Vine: Bob Kendrick Pitches Negro League Baseball and My C. T. Vivian Story: A Powerful Flame That Burned Brightly.