Daughter of the Boycott

Daughter of the Boycott
Daughter of the Boycott

Daughter of the Boycott

Carrying On a Montgomery Family's Civil Rights Legacy
By Karen Gray Houston


240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Cloth, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $27.99 (CA $37.99) (US $27.99)

ISBN 9781641603034

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (May 2020)
Lawrence Hill Books


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Karen Gray Houston’s story of her family’s involvement in the historic Montgomery bus boycott, the action that kick-started the civil rights movement
In 1950, before Montgomery, Alabama, knew Martin Luther King Jr., before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger, before the city’s famous bus boycott, a Negro man named Hilliard Brooks was shot and killed by a white police officer in a confrontation after he tried to board a city bus. Thomas Gray, who had played football with Hilliard when they were kids, was outraged by the unjustifiable shooting. Gray protested, eventually staging a major downtown march to register voters, and standing up to police brutality.

Five years later, he led another protest, this time against unjust treatment on the city’s segregated buses. On the front lines of what became the Montgomery
bus boycott, Gray withstood threats and bombings alongside his brother, Fred D. Gray, the young lawyer who represented Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the rarely mentioned Claudette Colvin, a plaintiff in the case that forced Alabama to desegregate its buses.

An incredible story of family in the pivotal years of the civil rights movement, Daughter of the Boycott is the reflection of Thomas Gray’s daughter, award-winning
broadcast journalist Karen Gray Houston, on how her father’s and uncle’s selfless actions changed the nation’s racial climate and opened doors for her and countless other African Americans.


“There are many narratives yet to come out of the galvanizing civil rights movement. Karen Gray Houston’s tender and powerful memoir is one such story.” —Wil Haygood, author of The Butler and Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America

“The book speaks to real experiences of being black in America, reminding us of important past events that force the country to own up to its history.” —Robert S. Graetz Jr., author of A White Preacher’s Message on Race and Reconciliation


“Thank you, Karen Gray Houston, for your insightful and inspiring visit with the true heroes of the civil rights movement: the ordinary citizens who stood up at great risk to bring the injustice of Jim Crow segregation to an end so that all Americans can go forward.” —Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize–winning Chicago Tribune columnist

Daughter of the Boycott is more than a beautiful and moving memoir, it’s an important work of history. With passion and insight, Karen Gray Houston tells an unforgettable story.” —Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season

“Everything Karen Gray Houston accomplished as a journalist prepared her to tell this story in a truly authentic and masterful way, as no one else can tell it.” —A’Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker

“We do not have enough written words illustrating that the civil rights movement did not emerge from nowhere, and the strength of family and community that pushed it forward. Karen Gray Houston’s Daughter of the Boycott teaches this. She is to be praised for doing so and admired
for doing it so well.” —Charles E. Cobb Jr., veteran of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and author of This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed

"Houston draws on interviews with family,‚Äč friends, and others to portray both known and unsung civil rights heroines and heroes." —Booklist

“a welcome reminder that profound social changes can also result from the quiet heroism of people with unshakable commitment to nonviolence.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Karen Gray Houston is an award-winning broadcast journalist whose career has spanned more than four decades, including 20 years as a local news reporter for Washington, DC’s WTTG-TV, Fox-5.