By Jack Nelson,Barbara Matusow,Hank Klibanoff,Richard T. Cooper
From a gullible cub reporter with the Daily Herald in Biloxi and Gulfport, to the pugnacious Pulitzer Prize winner on the Atlanta Constitution, to the peerless beat reporter for the Los Angeles Times protecting civil rights within the South, Jack Nelson (1929-2009) was once devoted to exposing injustice and corruption at any place he came upon it. no matter if it was once the ugly stipulations at a twelve-thousand-bed psychological medical institution in Georgia or the cruelties of Jim Crow inequity, Nelson proved himself to be a kind of infrequent newshounds whose paintings affected and better millions of lives.
His thoughts approximately tricky conditions, contentious humans, and calamitous occasions offer a distinct window into essentially the most momentous classes in southern and U.S. background. anyplace he landed, Nelson chanced on the corruption others overlooked or ignored. He stumbled on it in lawless Biloxi; he discovered it in buttoned-up company Atlanta; he came upon it within the collage city of Athens, Georgia. Nelson grew to become his investigations of unlawful playing, liquor revenues, prostitution, shakedowns, and corrupt law enforcement officials into any such trademark that sincere mayors and army commanders known as on him to show miscreants of their midst.
Once he learned that segregation was once one other kind of corruption, he grew to become a premiere reporter of the civil rights circulate and its solid of characters, together with Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Alabama's Sheriff Jim Clarke, George Wallace, and others. He used to be, via his steely dedication to journalism, a chronicler of significant occasions, a witness to information, a shaper and reshaper of viewpoints, and certainly probably the most very important reporters of the 20th century.
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