These are the firsthand accounts of sisters Helen and Barbara Shores about growing up with their father, Arthur Shores, a prominent Civil Rights attorney, during the 60s in the Jim Crow south Birmingham district - a frequent target of the Ku Klux Klan. Between 1948 and 1963, some 50 unsolved Klan bombings happened in Smithfield where the Shores family lived, earning their neighborhood the nickname “Dynamite Hill.”
Due to his work, Shores’ daughter, Barbara, barely survived a kidnapping attempt. Twice, in 1963, Klan members bombed their home, sending Theodora to the hospital with a brain concussion and killing Tasso, the family’s cocker spaniel. The family narrowly escaped a third bombing attempt on their home in the spring of 1965.
The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill is an incredible story of a family’s unfair suffering, but also of the Shores’ overcoming. This family’s sacrificial commitment, courage, determination, and triumph inspire us today through this story and the selfless service, work, and lives of Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Sylvia Shores.
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Great history lesson!
Just learning about a behind the scenes legend such as Arthur D. Shores and his amazing legacy was the great experience.
Helen was my favorite. She was feisty and got angry the same way I think I would have in her same situation. I love that she went on and followed in her father's footsteps.
Helen Shores Lee (now Honorable Helen Shores Lee)
This book made me laugh and cry. Laugh as Helen got whoopings for being hard headed and crying for all the senseless deaths and uphill struggles as well as the victories.
This is a must read for anyone who enjoys learning about our history. We are all familiar with the Civil Rights activists who were in the forefront, but this is one that should be in the history books. I would LOVE to see a documentary of this phenomenal man. I will probably read this book again.
- Ms Bev
An INSPIRATIONAL page turner!!