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The Biography of Mose Jones Jr., Lawrence County Commissioner District 1: A Seed of the Foot Soldiers Bloody Sunday March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by April Lavette Jones is the biography of a powerful man who spearheaded the civil rights movement in Alabama. Told by his own daughter, the story takes readers through the childhood days of the protagonist, the family dynamics, to his active, youthful life and 30-year career. From the Bloody Sunday March to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and through the mid-1980s, readers become witnesses to the work of one of the influential people who have left an indelible mark on the minds of black people in Alabama to the point that a bridge bears his name.
This book isn’t just the story of a great civil rights' advocate, but the life of a man who had strong humanitarianism and moral values, a man who brought hope when despair set in, and a man who believed in change and worked tirelessly to see it happen. Readers will discover his family values and the place of faith in his life. April Lavette Jones has the ability to let readers into the mind of Mose Jones Jr., allowing them to feel his anxiety and touch the fear that inhabited many segregated areas of the US. Themes like the color line, political repression, family and religion are masterly woven into the story. The social, cultural, and historical settings in the countryside come out vividly throughout the narrative. The Biography of Mose Jones Jr., Lawrence County Commissioner District 1: A Seed of the Foot Soldiers Bloody Sunday March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 offers wonderful historical elements, and both informs and inspires the reader.