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 serves on the board of directors of Children Rising, a non-profit organization which provides volunteer mentors and tutors to children in underserved schools in Oakland, California.  

Kerry posts commentary, opinion, humor and short fiction on his blog, kgoughblog.blotspot.com