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Fire on the Bayou
June 17, 2014
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Free and open to the public
About the Author – Howard L. Feinstein has devoted his professional life to working for the protection and enforcement of civil rights for all Americans. Throughout his distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Justice, he sought justice for victims of the Ku Klux Klan and other racially-motivated terrorist organizations and individuals and also pursued matters involving housing and employment discrimination, school desegregation, and sex discrimination.
About the Book – This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. What better way to remember and commemorate the challenges and victories than by hosting an author who was there? In his book Fire on the Bayou: True Tales from the Civil Rights Battlefront (Foxhead Books), Howard L. Feinstein, former prosecutor with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recounts events that took place during the enforcement stage of the civil right movement.
Fire on the Bayou is an emotionally candid, self-effacing and plain-spoken account of secrets once thought buried forever, including:
- the fatal Ku Klux Klan bombing of a Florida civil rights pioneer and his wife, unsolved for sixty years but not forgotten, due to the persistence of their crusading daughter;
- a KKK reign of terror targeting interracial association in rural south Georgia, under the protection of a drug-running sheriff and his allies;
- the brutal, unprovoked attack by a deputy sheriff on a house-hunter across the lake from New Orleans, who found himself in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and the wrong color.
And, Howard Feinstein also touches upon the progress that has been made since the early days of the civil rights movement.