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Title The spirit of an activist : the life and work of Isaiah Dequincey Newman / edited by Sadye L.M. Logan ; foreword by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. ; prologue by James E. Clyburn.
Imprint Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, 2014.
2014

Subject Newman, I. DeQuincy, 1911-1985.
South Carolina. General Assembly -- Biography.
African American legislators -- South Carolina -- Biography.
Legislators -- South Carolina -- Biography.
African American political activists -- South Carolina -- Biography.
Methodist Church -- South Carolina -- Clergy -- Biography.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
South Carolina -- Politics and government -- 1951-
South Carolina -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Alt Name Logan, Sadye Louise, 1943-
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The Spirit of an Activist chronicles the life and distinguished career of Isaiah DeQuincey Newman (1911-1985), a Protestant pastor, civil rights leader, and South Carolina statesman. Known as a tenacious advocate for racial equality, Newman was also renowned for his diplomatic skills when working with opponents and his advocacy of nonviolent protest over confrontation. His leadership and dedication to peaceful change played an important role in the dismantling of segregation in South Carolina. The thirteen narratives in this volume by such diverse contributors as Richard W. Riley, William Saunders, Esther Nell Witherspoon, and Donald L. Fowler attest to Newman's impact on South Carolina. Editor Sadye L.M. Logan orchestrates these many contributions into an informative, moving, and sometimes passionate collage of Newman's challenges, triumphs, and small and significant everyday acts of courage. Through this collection Logan takes the reader on an extraordinary journey from Newman's childhood in Darlington County, South Carolina, to his death at the age of seventy-four. Along that journey Newman led the state's African Americans to join the Democratic Party and was a delegate to several Democratic Presidential Conventions. In 1983 he became the first African American South Carolinian elected to the State Senate in nearly a century. The Spirit of an Activist is essentially biographical, but it uses a diverse chorus of voices to capture Newman's rich and varied contributions in transforming South Carolina's rigid and unjust social systems. His quiet dignity and appeals to reason won him the confidence, and ultimately the support, of key white political and economic leaders. In effect Newman served both as chief strategist for the protest movement and as chief negotiator at the conference table, becoming the "unofficial liaison" between South Carolina's African American citizens and the state's white power structure. In the years that followed formal desegregation, Newman remained active in politics and became a trusted confidant of state leaders, many of whom are featured in this volume. The Spirit of an Activist includes a foreword by attorney and civil rights activist Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., and a prologue by South Carolina congressman James E. Clyburn, both personal friends of Newman who worked with him during the civil rights struggle. Contributors: Gloria Blackwell (Rackley), Tanya S. Brice, Millicent E. Brown, Wallace Brown, Sr., James E. Clyburn, G. Robert Cook, Carrie Crawford Washington, Donald L. Fowler, Karen Ross Grant, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Sadye L.M. Logan, Robert E. McNair, Josephine A. McRant, Jerome Noble, Matthew J. Perry, Jr., Harrison Reardon, Richard W. Riley, Wim Roefs, Alex Sanders, William "Bill" Saunders, Hiram Spain, Jr., James S. Thomas, Isaac "Ike" W. Williams, Esther Nell Knuckles Glymph Witherspoon"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781611173284 (electronic bk.)
1611173280 (electronic bk.)
9781611173277
1611173272
OCLC # 877868665
Additional Format Print version: Spirit of an activist 9781611173277 (DLC) 2013041104 (OCoLC)861774767


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