5 out of 5 stars
A timely story about voting rights.
By Peg on January 27, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a human interest story about an amazing woman–proving one person can make a lasting difference, a civil rights story and a history lesson not only about Virginia but the whole country.
It is particular fitting today as we see efforts to limit the voting rights through various states’ restrictive laws, reversing the efforts made by Mrs. Butts. We cannot forget the struggle. It is also the story of a mother whose life work has inspired her daughter who in her own right is an outspoken leader for justice.
5 out of 5 stars
This book is about how one person can truly make a difference.
By Dennis P. Crawford on December 21, 2017
Evelyn Butts came from a very humble background but her courage, determination and sheer will changed a nation and changed her hometown of Norfok, Virginia. Butts was a political activist for decades in Norfolk fighting against segregation and for the rights of the poor and downtrodden. She was very successful in her efforts and left behind a better nation and community.
Butts was the plaintiff in the 1964 U.S. Supreme Court case that held that the poll tax was unconstitutional. In Norfolk, she led a political organization for decades that was very influential in electing candidates and improving the lives of African-Americans and the poor. Her story can serve as an inspiration to all of us during these troubled times.
I highly recommend this book to anybody who is interested in civil rights history and just looking for motivation and inspiration to try to make a difference in one’s community.