Callus on my soul : a memoir
Transcription of Annotations
Notes on front endpapers: "Thurs. Jan. 4, 2 p.m. - "Ran for Mayor Chi., 1967; word "nigger"; Willer Brown - my driver. - Your thoughts on the State of Mississippi. - There is freedom in laughter - Momma; Jeanne Dixon, p. 90. - 1963: My book "Nigger" - they thought they were getting a humor book." -- Notes on half title page: "Formula Four X - Randy Jackson - saved his leg. - Correction Connection - Marvin Gaye." -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. Examples: p. 54: "First of all, I would never go back into the army. I didn't understand a Black man fighting for a country that didn't allow him to eat in the restaurant with White folks." - p. 68: "The people of Greenwood were fighting back, and I wasn't going to let my own fear or the racist system run me out of town." - p. 82: "Jesus with no eyes. That was a symbol to me of where America was going. The blind leading the blind." - p. 100: "I knew that day I got the news that Malcolm's assassination was a government hit." - p. 141: "When I think of Hoover and how people accept what he did to our leaders, I can only compare him to Hitler." - p. 142: "But the Kennedys' murders are fascinating, disappointing, and unexplained; and one would assume it is out of just plain fear that with all the money and power the Kennedys have, they have never bothered to find out who killed their family members." - p. 240: "The relationship between Black folks and many White cops in this country is so far out of hand, and at some point we Black folks have to start taking some of that blame. ... When we Black folks decide that we are not going to tolerate police brutality, then it will stop." - p. 287: "I think a Black person would have to be insane to let a White person discuss family values with him." - p. 288: "God will not let white America off the hook until it cashes that check Dr. King tried to cash at the March on Washington in 1963." - p. 289: "Until then, we will remain a callus on the soul of this country, strong like the eye of the hurricane."