Friday, January 10, 2020

Winter Reading 2020 Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four

Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four by [Venkataraman, Josh, Venkataraman, Barbara]

Many of us learn about cases of injustice - a newspaper or magazine article, a news story on the TV or radio, or perhaps even a full-length book account. But how many of us actually get involved? Josh did. After reading about the Groveland Four in a college class, he actually began a campaign to have the accused men exonerated. His account of the process and the people he met along the way is an intriguing read. The details of his time with family members of the men, the many methods they used to spread the word of their efforts and garner support, and the reluctance by the governor's office to clear the men are all covered. The story will make you want to cheer for Josh and those willing to stick up for victims of injustice, and also want to give stubborn politicians a piece of your mind. The details of the original arrest will have you actually grinding your teeth in frustration and anger.

Those who become drawn in to the history of the Groveland Four may also want to read the book that originally inspired Josh, Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King. Mr. King was one of those who supported Josh in his quest for justice. If you would like to start the new year by finding inspiration in good deeds brought to fruition, then start with Accidental Activist.

I read a copy provided by the author for review purposes.

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