New Book in the Works

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Six thousand words in the books today. My best work to date in terms of style, pacing, and content. “Freaknik Lawyer,” coming soon.

Freaknik Lawyer is a memoir of the life and times of the author. It explores the Black College Spring Break phenom known as Freaknik held in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1980s and the ’90s. In 1994 huge crowds overwhelmed the city’s ability to control the flow of traffic. The white community rose up in arms and declared Black students were not welcome in Atlanta.

This street festival culminated in Atlanta being turned into an armed camp when a Black mayor shut the interstate entrance ramp into the city to students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The Freaknik Lawyer roamed the streets of Atlanta and the city jail for a substantial 72 hour period to provide pro bono legal representation to students jailed during this three-day standoff with police.

How could this happen, not only in a city whose motto is “A city too busy to hate, but also boast of being the Black Mecca of the south?

Twenty-five years later, Freaknik Lawyer will provide insight into the how and the way.

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Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at haroldmichaelharvey.com

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