Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights

Algonquin. Nov. 2019. 304p. notes. index. ISBN 9781616209551. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781643750187. BIOG
In this memoir, cowritten with McCabe (Justice Older Than the Law), Roundtree, who died in 2018, recounts the remarkable accomplishments and struggles of a life spent breaking new ground in the fight for racial equality. Roundtree began contributing to the civil rights movement when she entered the first class of Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) officers in 1942, rising to the rank of captain while standing firm against the army’s policy of segregation. After earning a law degree from Howard University, Roundtree and her law partner took on the notoriously pro-segregation Interstate Commerce Commission, winning a landmark 1955 decision that prohibited bus lines from segregating passengers on journeys and inside bus station facilities. Throughout, Roundtree relates her triumphs and personal tragedies with an honesty and optimism borne of the religious faith that inspired her to add ordination as a minister to her long list of attainments. Readers will find her dogged certainty in the inevitable triumph of justice in times of social upheaval both timely and inspiring.
VERDICT This superb work should ensure that Roundtree receives the recognition she richly deserves.

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