Ellen Gilchrist's Bookshelf
By Willie Morris
This is the story of Morris's rise to power as the youngest editor of Harper's magazine and of how he left the South behind and shook off the racism he had learned as a child. There is no bitterness in Morris's writing. His book was very important to young people in the South when it was published in 1967. It taught me that it was all right to be a traitor to my family and my culture and to go out on the street and march for civil rights. It was a terrifying adventure, and Morris's book was the bible I carried with me as I marched.