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A story of the African American Press deeply rooted in the South

Mock-ups of New Man Down South, a 284 page, leather-bound hardcover book, 7" x 9" uniquely designed to be an aesthetically beautiful “autobiographical archive.”

Mock-ups of New Man Down South, a 284 page, leather-bound hardcover book, 7″ x 9″ uniquely designed to be an aesthetically beautiful “autobiographical archive.”

A story of the African American Press deeply rooted in the South

HOUSTON — Award-winning book designer William Gordon aka Bill Lee in post-humous collaboration with former Neiman fellow, William Gordon, Sr. announces the distinctive memoir New Man Down South.

Go behind the pages of the Memphis World, Tuskegee Institute’s Service magazine, newspaper PM and the New York Star as Gordon, Sr. — former editor of the Atlanta Daily World, one of the nation’s foremost African-American newspapers — gives one of the only first-hand accounts of the daily operations of the Negro press.

New Man Down South transports the reader back to the South of the early 20th century. Gordon, Sr. shares his personal testimony of growing up in the sharecropping fields of Mississippi, to the segregated streets of Memphis to Atlanta at the very beginnings of the civil rights era.

The narrative alongside photographs, advertisements, articles, editorials, and interviews with American icons such as Jackie Robinson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., recreate these newspapers to illustrate the reason for — and importance of — the Negro press in American history.

Following the 30-day Kick-starter campaign launched Feb. 1, the limited edition book will be made available in the Spring of 2018.

About William Gordon, Sr.:  Journalist, diplomat, educator. William Gordon, Sr. recipient of the Outstanding Mississippian Award (1975), former Neiman fellow (1953), former Senior Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Information Agency, and former managing editor of the Atlanta Daily World is the author of this posthumous memoir.

About Bill Lee: William K. Gordon, aka Bill Lee is an artist, educator, storyteller and entrepreneur. Now the award-winning book designer is excited to announce the campaign towards self-publishing his first book, which has been a passion project for over a decade.

 

 

 

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