Ex-Crofton resident writes book about facing down racism

August 26, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

James M. Kilby knows what it's like to stare racism in the face. He was one of 22 black students to integrate Warren County High School in Warren County, Va., in 1959.

Kilby, a former Crofton resident, remembers a shouting "gauntlet" of white people in his account of that day in his 55-page autobiography, "The Forever Fight: Turn Everyone Against Racism," which he published himself. It was produced with the help of a ghost writer through the vanity press Dorrance Publishing.

Kilby will be signing copies of the paperbound volume from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Walden Books in Annapolis Mall.

"I wanted the young people to know what my generation had to go through to expose the ugliness of the situation," said Kilby, a former federal employee living in Front Royal, Va., after years in Anne Arundel County. "We had to play it smart and learn how not to fight back because we had a mission to accomplish, and that was to get our education."

Pub Date: 8/26/99

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