Witness to change : from Jim Crow to political empowerment / Sybil Haydel Morial ; foreword by Ambassador Andrew Young.

Morial, Sybil Haydel.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina : John F. Blair, Publisher, 2015.
xiv, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Morial, Sybil Haydel.
Morial, Sybil Haydel -- Family.
Morial, Ernest N.
New Orleans (La.) -- Biography.
African American women political activists -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography.
Politicians' spouses -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography.
African American mayors -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Biography.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century.
Social change -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History -- 20th century.
New Orleans (La.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
"In 1950s New Orleans, a young woman steps into her white tulle gown and glides down the long hallway of her parents' house into the front garden. Her father, a respected surgeon, drives her downtown, where she will make her debut into Negro society. Though mesmerized by the rituals, Sybil Haydel, 17, cannot help but note their irony in a world where she daily faces the barriers and insults of Jim Crow. Thirteen years later, Sybil lies sleepless in bed next to her husband, Dutch Morial. Medgar Evers, the NAACP's national leader, has just been murdered in Mississippi. Dutch, the organization's New Orleans' president, has just received another chilling death threat. In halting whispers, the couple discusses how to protect their three young children. The Morials first become legal, then political, activists. Testing Brown v. Board of Education, Sybil attempts to enroll at Tulane and Loyola. She and Dutch challenge a statute restricting political activities of public school teachers. Barred from the League of Women Voters, Sybil forms an organization to help register Negroes held back from voting. After serving as judge and Louisiana legislator, Dutch is elected New Orleans' first Black mayor. Sybil's memoir reveals a woman whose intelligence overrides the clichés of racial division. In its pages, we catch rare glimpses of Black professionals in an earlier New Orleans, when races, though socially isolated, lived side by side; when social connections helped to circumvent Jim Crow; when African-American culture forged New Orleans--and American--identity. Through loving eyes, Sybil traces the rise of her sons and daughters: After Dutch's death, Marc Morial, serves two terms as New Orleans mayor"--Provided by publisher.
Prologue: White gloves
My New Orleans
Separate, not equal
Riding with Jim Crow
Meeting of minds
Love and war
The South quakes
Negotiation New Orleans-style
Cultural deprivation
Into the trenches
A voice in the night
Betsy, then Jean
The gamble
The invitation
Into Africa
Where we began
Race for mayor
New Orleans in color
I've known rivers
A house divided
Silence in the house
Hell and high water
A president who looks like us
Epilogue: Flood and fire.
Includes index.
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