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The Life and Times of Clyde Kennard

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In 1955, Clyde Kennard, a decorated army veteran, was forced to cut short the final year of his studies at the University of Chicago and return home to Mississippi due to family circumstances, where Kennard made the decision to complete his education. Yet still on the eve of the civil rights movement in America, Kennard's decision would be one of the first serious attempts ...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published October 15th 2018 by Lulu Publishing Services
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Kelly Miller
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard the name Clyde Kennard before I discovered this book. I am very glad I read this disturbing, true tale, for now that I know Kennard's story, I will not forget it. With painstaking detail, Mr. King provided a complete picture of this civil rights pioneer, his life, and his spirit, which survived intact through an unbelievable, unnecessary, and heartlessly cruel ordeal. Ultimately, I drew inspiration from Kennard's tale, and his determination to persevere despite the known risks. ...more
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D.B. Carter
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A detailed, scholarly book that gives the reader a level of understanding beyond that of many non-fiction history books. The author's writing style is approachable yet authoritative, giving an excellent insight into an important time in US Civil Rights history.

Aside from the background information, which helps to set the context, Clyde Kennard's story is inspirational and sobering in equal measure. An excellent book.
Lali Love
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I have been fascinated by a Historical non-fiction book, especially about the US Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. Author Derek R. King has done an incredible amount of research to write such a gripping account of Clyde Kennard’s life, his struggles, sufferings and the darkness of humanity. I found it extremely educational, insightful and saddened by the real life events. It’s an important story that should be incorporated into the US educational curriculum to ...more
Nooshafarin Ravaghi
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The Life and Times of Clyde Kennard, a nonfiction book by Derek R. King, is an incredibly well researched account of one man's formidable story and the obstacles he faces when he decides to go to college in Mississippi, or rather “in the deeply segregated education system in Mississippi.”
The author's remarkable endeavor in delivering historical background information brings forth the setting, beautifully illustrating the time of racial segregation. This well written book recounts the
Anya Pavelle
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book both for its well researched content and for the writing itself. Derek King's "The Life and Times of Clyde Kennard" will appeal to scholars of history as well as lay readers who want to learn more about the Civil Rights movement. This book is especially important considering what’s happening in the United States right now. Tensions and hate run deep. King’s book provides excellent background information about slavery, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights era to set the stage fo ...more
Jan Maple
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent, informative book that brings to life the Civil Rights movement in America whilst focussing on the struggles and injustices that one man, Clyde Kennard, faced whilst seeking to be enrolled at a Mississippi college that was still clinging to racial segregation.

By setting Clyde's story against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the wider north-south political struggles that followed, the reader is better able to understand the shameful racial prejudices that caused so
Judy Ferrell
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a hard time to study for all involved as it is very emotional. Clyde Kennard is one of the forgotten people of the Civil Rights battle. This book is well researched and has much to recommend it. It needs, however, more on Clyde Kennard himself. While the Civil Rights battle is important to this book, I felt by the title I should have had more information about Mr. Kennard than I got.
Mark Schultz
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book! Starting from the earliest days of slavery in the new world, Derek tours us through significant events in American history that led to the Civil Rights Movement in mid-twentieth century.
For Clyde Kennard, it began with his decision to leave the Chicago college and return to the family farm in Mississippi, so he could care for his mother and keep the farm going. His decision and that of others to want to finish their education in a local college, that they were prevented fr
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