- Series: New Black Studies Series
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (April 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252034201
- ISBN-13: 978-0252034206
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,159,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Black Maverick: T. R. M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power (New Black Studies Series) 1st Edition Edition
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"An admirable biography of this flamboyant and sometimes reckless personality. . . . Recommended."--Choice
In whatever role he chose--civil rights leader, wealthy entrepreneur, or unconventional surgeon--Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard (1908-76) was always close to controversy. One of the leading renaissance men of twentieth century black history, Howard successfully organized a grassroots boycott against Jim Crow in the 1950s. Well known for his benevolence, fun-loving lifestyle, and fabulous parties attended by such celebrities as Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson, he could also be difficult to work with when he let his boundless ego get the best of him. A trained medical doctor, he kept the secrets of the white elite, and although married to one woman for forty years, he had many personal peccadilloes. But T. R. M. Howard's impressive accomplishments and abilities vastly outshone his personal flaws and foibles. He was a dynamic civil rights pioneer and promoter of self-help and business enterprise among blacks.
With this remarkable biography, David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito secure Howard's rightful place in African American history. Drawing from dozens of interviews with Howard's friends and contemporaries, as well as FBI files, court documents, and private papers, the authors present a fittingly vibrant portrait of a complicated leader, iconoclastic businessman, and tireless activist.
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On one hand, I admire T.R.M. Howard. He was a smart and successful scholar, doctor and entrepreneur. On another hand, he was a detestable figure who fathered several out of wedlock children by several different women while married. While he financially supported said children it is apparent that he never bothered to cultivate any type of relationship with most of his children. The author makes it seem that this was largely due to his wife, but I highly doubt that to be true. This man was quite selfish. If he wanted a relationship with his children he certainly could have had one despite being married to a woman he repeatedly disrespected.
On another note, this book mentions several notable black men in Mississippi during the Jim Crow era. These men were later discovered to be spies for the white supremacy government running the state. Given this reality, the role they play in this book and in T.R.M's life has a new and startling context.
The book doesn't focus exclusively on Dr Howard, it also gives you invaluable context on where and when he grew up.
This is a book everyone interested in history, biography, the civil rights era or just good writing should own.
Moreover, Howard's story reflects a time when the civil rights movement was a beacon of liberty in the oppressive Jim Crow South. The harassment and threats suffered by Howard remind us that the movement's original goal was to overthrow authoritarian regimes, in this case state and local governments, that denied liberty to their black citizens and collaborated with terrorist groups such as the KKK. Even--perhaps especially--the most successful, productive members of the African American community such as Howard were targeted by both government and private violence. Unfortunately, modern historians interpret the civil rights movement in large part as a struggle to get the government to do something for African Americans. Howard is the type of hero who reminds readers that eternal vigilance against oppressive government is the price of liberty.
Finally, Howard's story reminds readers that property rights and entrepreneurial liberty are an essential component of liberty. Without his substantial economic base, Howard could never have withstood attempts to silence him. Even the most repressive governments for African Americans, such as Mississippi, allowed some room for civil society, including the ability to acquire property and to form religious and charitable institutions. From these institutions of civil society arose leaders such as Howard, who collectively eventually proved to be Jim Crow=s undoing.
With Black Maverick: "T.R.M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power" David and Linda Royster Beito have done much to remedy the historical neglect of this giant of the early Civil Rights Movement. Their well written and well researched biography reveals the vital role Howard played in the events surrounding the death of Emmett Till, an incident many consider a crucial galvanizing point in the modern drive for black equality. They also describe the importance of Howard's Regional Council of Negro Leadership (RCNL) as the largest body, at the time, working for civil rights in Mississippi.
Despite his essential efforts in the early organizing and publicizing of the movement as well as his role as mentor to such people as Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer and Jesse Jackson Howard is rarely mentioned in the pantheon of Civil rights heroes. His primary identity as an entrepreneur and his later association with the Republican Party do not fit most historians' idea of a civil rights leader and so he has been discounted. However, anyone who wishes to have a complete knowledge of the struggle for equality in our history needs to read this excellent book.