John Reynolds recounts making history with Martin Luther King Jr.

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New memoir, ‘The Fight for Freedom,’ offers new glimpse inside Civil Rights Movement.

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I want to teach the youth about the need to fight in order to bring about change and to understand the sacrifices that previous generations have made so the next generations could be treated equally.

In 1965, 100 years after the Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery, Martin Luther King, Jr. hired 18-year-old John Reynolds as a field officer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. That day fueled Reynolds’ fire to obtain equal rights for every African-American. His new memoir, “The Fight for Freedom” (published by AuthorHouse) shares the story of his life in the segregated South and coming of age to fight for the rights of African-Americans with some of the most prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement. It depicts how one person, no matter how young, can play a role in awakening the national conscience and redeeming the soul of America.

Growing up on a plantation in Troy, Ala., Reynolds details his family’s history of enduring poverty and injustice. His story follows how he helped register African-Americans to vote in his hometown and then for the next seven years worked on various SCLC projects – voter registration, job discrimination, housing discrimination, school integration and poverty – work that resulted in his being jailed more than 20 times.

Reynolds’ memoir aims to remind and educate all ages that one must always be willing to fight for what is right.

“My story is about the ‘foot soldiers’ doing the day-to-day work in the Movement,” says Reynolds. “I want to teach the youth about the need to fight in order to bring about change and to understand the sacrifices that previous generations have made so the next generations could be treated equally.”

Kirkus Reviews echoes this sentiment in its review of “The Fight for Freedom”: “The revealing, relevant coming-of-age tale of a man and a nation. Tracing his years in the Civil Rights Movement, Reynolds offers an insider’s view of the people, events and tactics that brought the United States closer to the fulfillment of the founders’ promise that ‘all men are created equal.’ Although this account concerns a time now past, it’s nonetheless a timely reminder to the youth of today that citizens should always be ready to fight the good fight.”

“The Fight for Freedom”
By John Reynolds
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781477210130
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781477210147
E-Book | 226 pages | ISBN 9781477210123
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
John Reynolds received a B.A. in political science from Rhode Island College, along with a master of divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. He served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Pawtucket, R.I., for 12 years. He currently lives with his wife, Gloria, on Seabrook Island, S.C. and has two daughters.

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