The Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four by Josh and Barbara Venkataraman

The Groveland Four were four young black men, Ernest Thomas, Charles Greenlee, Samuel Shepherd, and Walter Irvin, who were accused of raping Norma Padgett, a 17-year-old white woman on July 16, 1949, in Lake County, Florida. Unfortunately, Thomas was killed by County Sheriff Willis McCall on July 26, 1949, during the search for the four while Irvin, Shepherd, and Greenlee were arrested.

This story shares the struggles and perseverance of those who knew these men to be innocent and their journey to clear their names and reputations. The Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four by Josh and Barbara Venkataraman presents the initiative and tenaciousness of individuals who fight for justice even when facing several obstacles and delays. The book is a quick and easy read with lots of details and depth of those fighting for justice and those affected by the travesty of our legal system. The book does a good job of laying the foundation of what happened, how the authors came to be involved in the case, and all the triumphs and struggles that took place until in 2017, the State of Florida issued an apology to the families of the Greenland Four. All four men were posthumously pardoned on January 11, 2019, by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

I would have liked more information about the four young men who were accused and the case, in general.

A very good book overall, and it shows how one small assignment can bring about social change and social justice.

Until next time, happy reading, and have a wonderful day.

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