The Radio Jock and Preacher Who Redeemed a Southern Town
As Jim Crow laws stifled black citizens in the 1960s two men became pivotal in the fight for integration.
By Andrew Dubbins for The Daily Beast
Nestled on the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains, Anniston, Alabama, is an old industrial town that sits halfway between Atlanta and Birmingham. Under the yoke of Jim Crow laws, the city’s black and white residents lived almost completely segregated lives. Black residents resided in old homes and mill villages surrounding the factories on the west side of town, while affluent whites lived in new tract homes and mansions in the hills on the east side…