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"South of Freedom"

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 3, 2020

Happy Black History Month!
Throughout February we will feature as Item of the Day books in our collections written by African Americans across many genres. 
Today is South of Freedom written by Carl Rowan in 1952.  Rowan, then a young African American journalist from Minneapolis, journeyed six thousand miles through the South to report on the reality of everyday life for blacks in the region.