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PREFACE

This book is about the plans which I made as a ten year old boy for solving the race problem in southwest Alabama where I lived in 1932. My plans were to do it through my education, the education of my family, and for our educational achievement to serve as examples for inspiring other members of my community to do likewise.

Even though I was not at all sure that my family would be able to accomplish the education goal I set for them during the Great Depression existing during this period., I did have faith that through hard work and prayer we would somehow accomplish it.

I felt our educational achievements would cause others to do likewise, to the extent, that by the 1960s, there would be enough educated black people to find a way to solve the civil rights problem(s). I had no vision, with the exception of faith in education. How this would be done was unclear, but I felt that if I stayed focused on my objectives, doors would open up to show the way.

I did stay focused and proceeded with my education until I completed three years of college before entering the military during World War 11. The attained education enabled me to become a commissioned officer in the United States Army. I was an infantry officer when I made my greatest contribution toward achieving my goals.

In February 1942, under the pressure of civil rights leaders, President Roosevelt promised to look into integrating the Armed Forces after the war. The integration of the military, I felt, was one of the doors which was opened for correcting the civil rights problem, provided the performances of black soldiers in combat would be reasonable equal to those of white combat units.

Chapter 17 of this book (Appendix A), Silent Power, explains the role I played and the result of my efforts to achieve civil rights goals of the 50s and 60s. First, the integration of the Armed Forces, which caused a chain reaction for civil rights achievements. Secondly, the Supreme Court Decision of 1954 and 1955, eliminating segregation in public schools. Third, the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1964. Fourth, the Voters Right Act of 1965. And fifth, the US Supreme Court Decision banning discrimination laws dealing with marriage in 1969.

My objective in 1932 was to eliminate all laws which violated equal protection under the Constitution of the United States, which were accomplished in the 1960s. My book deals with the spiritual implementation of the integration of the Armed Forces, the lack of it, as well as application of civil rights laws in our civilian communities which are covered in more detail in Chapters 10 and 16. This book is about the elimination of racism everywhere.