DEEP IN MY HEART by William M. Kunstler


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William Kunstler was visiting in Los Angeles when he was asked to stop by on his way home to his Fifth Avenue New York law office and give a little help to attorney Jack Young in Jackson, Mississippi. It was June 6, 1961, and the change in route changed Kunstler's life. He found himself defending the Jackson Freedom Riders and in the succeeding years a host of other individuals white and Negro involved in the civil rights struggle. They include such personages as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, James Farmer, Dick Gregory, Mrs. Peabody (mother of a Massachusetts Governor). Kunstler quickly became an insider, a committed ""Freedom Lawyer"" (a term he does not use). He writes here not primarily of his own days in court but of the movement as it lived its days in Monroe, Nashville, Birmingham, Albany, Georgia, Danville, New Orleans, Jackson, St. Augustine. He makes known the wordings of indictments and injunctions, the workings of the entrenched incumbents of power in the South against the press of non violent freedom fighters. He is witness to demonstrations and speeches, to the waging of a righteous war. One is always aware of his presence on the scene and sees the movement from a lawyer's viewpoint, privy to charges and dispositions. While his approach is undramatic, his concern is apparent.

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 1965
Publisher: Morrow