The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family’s Fight for Civil Rights

Helen Shores Lee Barbara Sylvia Shores Denise George


The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family’s Fight for Civil Rights

The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family’s Fight for Civil Rights

  • Title: The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family’s Fight for Civil Rights
  • Author: Helen Shores Lee Barbara Sylvia Shores Denise George
  • ISBN: 9780310336204
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Hardcover



These are the firsthand accounts of sisters Helen and Barbara Shores growing up with their father, Arthur Shores, a prominent Civil Rights attorney, during the 60s in the Jim Crow south Birmingham district a frequent target of the Ku Klux Klan Between 1948 and 1963, some 50 unsolved Klan bombings happened in Smithfield where the Shores family lived, earning their neighborThese are the firsthand accounts of sisters Helen and Barbara Shores growing up with their father, Arthur Shores, a prominent Civil Rights attorney, during the 60s in the Jim Crow south Birmingham district a frequent target of the Ku Klux Klan Between 1948 and 1963, some 50 unsolved Klan bombings happened in Smithfield where the Shores family lived, earning their neighborhood the nickname Dynamite Hill Due to his work, Shores daughter, Barbara, barely survived a kidnapping attempt Twice, in 1963, Klan members bombed their home, sending Theodora to the hospital with a brain concussion and killing Tasso, the family s cocker spaniel The family narrowly escaped a third bombing attempt on their home in the spring of 1965.The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill is an incredible story of a family s unfair suffering, but also of the Shores overcoming This family s sacrificial commitment, courage, determination, and triumph inspire us today through this story and the selfless service, work, and lives of Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Sylvia Shores.


Recent Comments "The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family’s Fight for Civil Rights"

I have to be totally honest. When I first started this book, I almost put it down and let the publisher know that I would not be reviewing it. The first, approximately, 75 pages of the book were written with such a disconnect and a "just the facts, maam" style that I had to go back and double check that it was written by the daughters. The one daughter is an attorney, so it kind of explained it to me. Most books that I have read written by attorneys have that "concise" manner of writing to them. [...]

As I expressed earlier, why hasn't this great man's story been told sooner? this man was dynamic!! For a while in the late 30s as well as 40s, this man was the ONLY African American lawyer in the whole state of Alabama!! not only that, he did legwork for the NAACP during that time as well, plus was involved in the case of Autherine Lucy in her attempt to enter the University of Alabama in 1956, as well as Vivian Malone and James Hood to the same school in 1963, and was an eyewitness to George Wa [...]

I had the privilege of meting Judge Lee and Ms. Shores when they attended my book group to discuss The Gentle Giant. The sisters are much like this book -- smart, humorous, honest, and endearing. The Gentle Giant is a collection of the sisters' memories of their childhood and young adulthood in Birmingham, Alabama and especially of their father, who put himself (and therefore his family) in danger every day fighting for justice. Whether it's a story of playing horsey with a respected and importa [...]

The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill is a painful look at Alabama's past along with courage, friendship, family, and faith. This book is divided into small headings allowing the reader to process the information at their own pace or to read the larger story at once. myself had to read slowly overcome by the events. One would think the contents of this book are all common knowledge to the general public, but I was not familiar with most being a new resident to Alabama. I enjoyed learning about the i [...]

What a powerful history lessomBeautifully written and excellent details into what Mr. Shore lived and did for Justice for black's as well as all American's. His story should be taught to generations to come. Thank you Judge Lee and Ms. Shore for sharing your story.

This is one of the best books that I have read about the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham in the 1960s. It was well written and very readable. I learned many things that I didn't know.

A an inside view of Birmingham history

Very slow in the beginning, but just like a locomotive picked up steam and kept me spellbound. Good historical account of a man who changed our lives.

The best book I've read this year!

A black attorney who fights against the Jim Crow era for black equality. He is a lone black attorney in a white world who single-handedly wins many court cases for the right of blacks to enroll in segregated schools, equal pay for blacks, segregated bussing issues, etc. One of his many famous clients included Martin Luther King Jr His family survived two bombings during his crusade for black equality in Birmingham, Alabama. A must read for history, whether taught in schools or for personal inter [...]

This book chronicles the lives of Helen and Barbara Shores as they grew up in the 1940-1960s segregated south as the daughters of Arthur Shores, the pioneer civil rights attorney. The book also provides much description about Arthur Shores' childhood, his unflagging belief and faith in God, and his unwavering desire and commitment to achieve equality for all people.The civil rights movement and its pioneers has always interested me. This book, especially, provides a first hand account of what it [...]


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