Black Fire Portrait of a Black Memphis Firefighter

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Black Fire Portrait of a Black Memphis Firefighter

Author: Robert J. Crawford Sr., with Delores A. Crawford
Publisher: The History Press
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 160
Cover Price: $ 19.99

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Robert J. Crawford was one of twelve black firefighters hired by the City of Memphis in the mid-1970s, amid racial turmoil and pressures of integration; his drive and focus set him apart from the beginning. This book contains a vivid, often emotional account of a turbulent decade and one man's brave ambition to serve and succeed as a firefighter and ensure his civil rights.

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Memphis is a town on the Mississippi River at the western end of Tennessee, known both for music and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights movement, which aimed to deliver the rights assured black Americans in the post-Civil-War amendments, reached its peak of activity in the 1960's.