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Believing that ""the totalitarians take power because the silent people of the middle, out of fear or indifference, do not stand up or speak or block their way,"" Charles Morgan has written of the city of Birmingham, Alabama in its dramatic implication in the civil rights struggle. A lawyer in his early thirties, Morgan came to "" the Magic City"" from Kentucky as a teenager, grew up there, went to the University of Alabama, practiced his profession and became active in politics. As it was his home, he gave to it in civic activities for which he was recognized. But there came another recognition, on his own part and that of his colleagues, when he became involved in race relations by acting as defense counsel in several key cases; when he worked for reapportionment; and when he ultimately spoke out after the terrible murder of four Negro girls in the church bombing of September, 1963-- placing before the Young Men's Business Club the question of blame for violence involving all of Birmingham. This story of one man's increasing commitment to a cause that requires courage and sacrifice can act as encouragement to men of similar mind.

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1964
Publisher: Harper & Row