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Virginia Durr autobiography
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Neil Grigg
11-11-2009 05:39pm
It's a long story why I am reading this, but Virginia Durr's autobiography caught my attention.  It's called Outside the Magic Circle: The Autobiography of Virginia Foster Durr.  Anybody read that?  It's a good explanation of the 'other side of the story' of 1950s Alabama.  


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Frances Goode Akridge
11-18-2009 01:34pm
I read it a couple of years ago.  It was very good and helped me understand some of what I knew but had not really thought through.  Being at Huntingdon with Bob Zellner and a couple of others who actively supported Civil Rights, I knew some of the other side.  I recommend the book to all who are interested in either Montgomery or Civil Rights history.  I bought the book after listening to Lucy Durr's husband on C-Span.

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Rose Mohr Rubin
11-30-2009 11:45pm
Neil, I am so glad you noted 'Miz Virginia's' book, which I also read, as she had a big impact on my life. She convinced my Dad that I had to go to Wellesley which she had attended.  Rose

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al sommers
12-04-2009 09:52pm
OK Neil,  I just ordered the book from Amazon.  I'm a slow reader but I'll let you know what I think about it.  I continue to be amazed at how unaware I was of what was going on in Montgomery during our high school days.  Some time you have to leave to look back and see the reality.

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WEsley Marcus
12-08-2009 11:01am
I have Colvin's account of her memories being arrested, as the first bus agitator. I testified during the court case, as I witnessed the arrest. Her account is different from my memory, but I admit, we knew little, and /or were isolated from the whole culture of the 'Negro' in those days. It was years, before I found out historically, why Rosa Parks was the annointed one. Politics are everywhere. Happy Holidays, be safe.

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charles duncan
10-14-2016 07:27am
I was able to read her book and had lunch with her after I retired.She was thrilled as I to have her sign her book.She was up on current events and in her 90s-She was one of a kind.
 Many of us who lived in mgm knew about that circle  and what it is to be on the outside.

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