Author to discuss ‘Bloody Lowndes’ at TROY’s Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Wednesday, 04 November 2009

MONTGOMERY—Author Hasan Kwame Jeffries will discuss his new book, “Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt,” during a book signing at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum on Thursday, Nov. 12.

“Bloody Lowndes” tells the story of the Lowndes County Freedom Organization and its contribution to the larger civil rights movement. The group, whose ballot symbol was a snarling black panther, was formed in 1966 in part to protest the barriers to black enfranchisement that had for decades kept every single African American of voting age off the county’s registration books.

The LCFO inspired similar groups throughout the country, from Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizer Stokely Carmichael, who used the Lowndes County program as the blueprint for Black Power, to California-based activists Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, who adopted the LCFO panther as the namesake for the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

Jeffries is an assistant professor of history at Ohio State University where he holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

The event will start at 6 p.m. inside the museum auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.