"There were times where I could have given up on my fight for student rights," said author Timothy Fitzgerald. "However, because of my grandfather's Irish upbringing, I firmly believed that luck and tenacity would transcend all obstacles."
SAN JOSE, Calif. (PRWEB) March 15, 2010 —
In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, Irish-American Timothy Fitzgerald's (http://www.timfitzgerald.org) work "The Wawona Brotherhood: The San Jose State Campus Revolt" shows that luck and persistence triumphs over adversity.
"Wawona Brotherhood" chronicles Mr. Fitzgerald's experiences at San Jose State University during the turbulent 1960s through the early 1970s. In his eight-year quest to obtain his bachelor's degree, he battled mental illness, and poverty. Despite these obstacles, Mr. Fitzgerald was a widely recognized student leader in the 1960s at San Jose State.
In 1969, Mr. Fitzgerald led the winning campaign that made history in the state of California by electing the first African-American campus student body president in the state university system. In addition, Fitzgerald was instrumental in desegregating off-campus student housing in San Jose. Moreover, Mr. Fitzgerald collaborated with establishment campus figures to create a new governing system on the San Jose State campus.
Fitzgerald's Irish grandfather George Fitzgerald immigrated to San Francisco in the 1890s. As luck would have it, he was poised for an opportunity to join the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Despite his failing luck in the gold mines, he later developed a successful baking business in Nome, Alaska that generated a family fortune during the rush.
"There were times where I could have given up on my fight for student rights," said author Timothy Fitzgerald. "However, because of my grandfather's Irish upbringing, I firmly believed that luck and tenacity would transcend all obstacles. Because of this deep-rooted faith, I was able to make real change happen at San Jose State in the 1960s."
Forty years ago, Mr. Fitzgerald was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. He later faced severe discrimination as a mentally ill person. As a result, Mr. Fitzgerald was forcibly confined to mental health institutions for short temporary periods. He also has faced bouts of homelessness during his life. Despite these setbacks, he has successfully managed his bipolar disorder and has led a normal life.
During this time, Mr. Fitzgerald has been a community activist in San Jose. He is the former Vice Chairman of the Disability Advisory Commission in San Jose; and he was a Green Party state leader for over a decade. Fitzgerald is considered an authority on the Vietnam era in a standard San Jose State history class.
At the age of 64, Mr. Fitzgerald continues to fight for the human rights of the mentally ill, people of color, the homeless and the disenfranchised. Mr. Fitzgerald is now completing his third master's degree at San Jose State University. With a little luck, he will be on track and awarded this degree in fall 2010.
Below is information about Mr. Fitzgerald's book, "The Wawona Brotherhood: The San Jose Campus Revolt."
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
For more information about author Timothy Fitzgerald, visit his Web site http://www.timfitzgerald.org. For interviews, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408.726-9940.
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