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The Song and the Silence: A Story About Family, Race, and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright, Yvette Johnson (Atria)
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The Song and the Silence: A Story About Family, Race, and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright, Yvette Johnson (Atria)

In 1966, NBC aired a documentary about Mississippi, and interviewed Booker Wright, a black waiter in an all-white restaurant. He spoke openly about racism, and was later beaten and eventually murdered. In this new memoir, Yvette Johnson, Wright’s granddaughter, goes to his hometown to try to learn about the grandfather she never knew.

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