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Crowdsourcing Mornings: New Man Down South


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

New Man Down South has been a passion project of mine for over a decade. The result is a 284-page, leather-bound hardcover book, designed to be a uniquely beautiful production of my grandfather, William Gordon, Sr.’s memoir.  This autobiography spans generations and contains a message just as timely today as when it was written. He describes it as a story deeply rooted in the South, and it contains wonderful details about African-American life in the South during the first half of the 20th century.

For anyone interested in the history of the American South, the Negro press and the world of newspaper journalism from the 1930s through the 1950s, this story is a fascinating journey. From a 1920s sharecropping community in rural Mississippi, to the streets of Memphis, to modern-day Atlanta, Georgia – New Man Down South is William Gordon, Sr.’s first-person account of growing up at the very beginnings of the civil rights era.  With the belief that he would rise to be someone special, he chose to leave home as a young boy. It was understood that the only way to escape his predestined sharecropping life was to get an education, so he ventured out on his own, headed to Memphis and worked whatever jobs he could find. Ambitiously pursuing his dream of becoming a college graduate, and a career as a newspaper journalist.

Through his work for Tuskegee Institute, newspapers in New York City and as Managing Editor of the Atlanta Daily World, one of the nation’s oldest and foremost African-American newspapers, he interviewed and documented the lives of American icons such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson, and Rosa Parks – as well as countless others.  When these articles are placed alongside beautiful historical and family photographs, the book becomes a gateway to the South of the first half of the last century – guided by a man who tells his own inspirational story, along with the stories of many others along the way.

As of March 2nd, this project has raised $14,000 of their $13,000 goal. This project has 1 day left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $30, you will get one hardback edition.  For a pledge of $50, you will get a hardcover book and thank you credit.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/384717895/new-man-down-south-by-william-gordon-sr

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