Revisions: slow and sure, that’s the name of the game at the moment. I have only two rejections under my belt so you know I have a ways to go yet. The second rejection came with helpful feedback, which I’m considering as I rewrite. Thought you might be interested in seeing three books that have proven to be indispensable in researching the SNCC Movement in southwest Georgia:

I first saw Hands on the Freedom Plow in the Albany State University bookstore last June while home for the 50 anniversary of the SNCC Movement, although I bought it later from Rutha Harris when I visited her home. Rutha is one of the contributors along with Diane Nash, Annette Jones White, Penny Patch, Bernice Johnson Reagon and 47 other women, (to quote the book jacket): “northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina [who] share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.” Available from the University of Illinois Press.

Bought this directly from editor, Peter De Lissovoy  in the lobby of Hyper Gym during the SNCC anniversary. Peter is the white guy on the right next to his dear friend, the late Randy Battle. Dennis Roberts contributed and was at the vendor table with Peter, both spoke on panels during the celebration. Also met another contributor, playwright Curtis Williams and learned that he knew my late sister, Betty.

In The Great Pool Jump I’m finding priceless details, color and flavor of the time and place. I’m so grateful to Peter et al for this book. $24 available from Peter. Comment here if you’d like to buy a copy.

Peter De Lissovoy was tickled when I told him I owned a copy of his 1970s novel, Feelgood ~ A Trip In Time and Out, his fictional account of the time he spent in southwest Georgia during the 60s, after leaving the ivy halls of Harvard to work in the SNCC movement. I know of no other work of fiction coming directly out of that time and place. How lucky we are that Pete chose to be our eyes and ears for this piece of American history. Thanks, Pete! (As you may know, he’s following the blog closely!)