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About Foster Dickson
Foster Dickson is a writer, editor, and award-winning teacher who lives in Montgomery, Alabama. Dickson's work explores neglected subjects within the American South, especially stories related to Civil Rights and social justice. He has received awards, grants, or fellowships from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Alabama PTA, Surdna Foundation, Lillian E. Smith Foundation, Center for Arts Education at Boston Arts Academy, and Alabama Bicentennial Commission. Foster is currently an Alabama State Council on the Arts Literary Arts Fellow.
In this latter-day exploration of the Whitehurst Case, author Foster Dickson reviews one of Montgomery’s never-before-told stories, one which is riddled with incompatible narratives. Closed Ranks brings together interviews, police reports, news stories, and other records to carry the reader through the fraught post-civil rights movement period when the "unnecessary" shooting of Bernard Whitehurst Jr. occurred.
In our current time, as police shootings regularly dominate news cycles, this book shows how essential it is to find and face the truth in such deeply troubling matters.