ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kerry Gough is a retired civil rights attorney living with his wife, Leila, in Oakland, California. His interest in civil rights began when he blew the whistle on the Army’s practice of tolerating racial discrimination by landlords who rented to armed forces personnel. He and his ex-wife Judy spent the summer of 1965 as civil rights workers in Mississippi, living on a soybean and cotton farm with an African-American family.
In 1966, Kerry joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, investigating beatings, harassment and voter intimidation of blacks in Southeast Mississippi. He currently volunteers as legal counsel to Global Strategies, a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of women and children through healthcare in Africa and India.