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.
From the pen of Tidewater filmmaker, Walt Green we received these words in a review of Freaknik Lawyer. Sir, your book Freaknik Lawyer is excellent. It had me captured as that “Malcolm X” book captured you as a teen. I thoroughly enjoyed it and your background, explained in detail with stories of your mom and grandmom, leading up to Freaknik was a history lesson. I’m still thinking about that part in the book when you went to Lanier and some of the blacks regarded you as being “too good” for the Black schools. Also, I could not believe one of
Freaknik Lawyer the epic memoir by Harold Michael Harvey has been entered into The Lawrence W. Levine Award. This prestigious book award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book in American cultural history. In Freaknik Lawyer, Harvey connects the dots between the Black college spring break festival nicknamed Freaknik to the seminal civil rights supreme court cases of Plessy v. Ferguson which legalized Jim Crow and the Brown v. The Topeka Board of Education which in principle outlawed Jim Crow laws. “Freaknik was a cultural phenomenon that sprung up organically out
Cascade Publishing House is pleased to announce the book launch date for the memoir of Harold Michael Harvey, Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. The historic Douglass Theatre in Harvey’s hometown, Macon, Georgia, will serve as the venue for the book launch party on September 21, 2019, from 6:00 pm-9 pm. The public is invited to come out and greet its native son. The event will feature an open wine bar, delicious finger food, music, and a chance for attendees to socialize. The fire marshall will only permit 100 persons in the banquet room at one time,
Harold Michael Harvey addresses the prestigious Business/Consumer Expo on August 29, 2019, at the Le Piada Event Center, 4295 Interstate Drive, Macon, Georgia. The program begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm. Following Harvey’s presentation, he will autograph his third book, Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Habersham and Harvey go back a long way. In his memoir, Harvey recounts the day Habersham offered him a job as managing editor of The Macon Courier. “Alex was my first professional publisher. I remember the day he offered me a job editing his newspaper. I’ve been writing
Cyn and I dropped by ESPN today to thank the nice people at ESPN for nurturing Coley Harvey during this period in his career. He is heading off to Fox Sports to cover Big Ten football and basketball. I am willing to bet ESPN will still him back within three years.
Today we are in the Big Apple searching for a book distribution deal for Freaknik Lawyer. We believe in the inspirational message contained in this book. Many of the early readers of this work have called or written to say how much inspiration they have received from reading Freaknik Lawyer. We are not going to spare any effort or cost to get this work before a large audience where it can inspire more people to craft a plan of resistance against the forces of indifference and inequality which seeks to deny their dreams. Until that book distribution deal comes along,