John Lee Webb: The Man & His Legacy
Revised, Expanded Edition
Humanities Team and Editors: Cheryl L. Batts, Project Director, Humanities Scholar Janis F. Kearney, Humanities Scholar Patricia W. McGraw, Ph.D, Humanities Scholar The book, John Lee Webb, The Man And His Legacy covers Webbs' growth and development from Tuskegee Institute, his life as a family man, his rise in the Woodmen of Union Fraternal Order, the men he met that helped him to put Hot Springs, Arkansas on the map as a Negro tourist destination. The book opens the door to what Hot Springs was like during segregation that would cause him to choose the City of the Vapors for the Headquarters of the Woodmen of the Union Fraternal order.
In 2011 research under Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle page, research exposed these few words: "King, Jr. was admitted to the college in 1944 following his junior year in high school, as the school's enrollment fell with the wartime draft. A friend of King's, Walter R. McCall, recalled that King was an 'ordinary student' during his time at Morehouse: "I don't think he took his studies very seriously, but seriously enough to get by" (Papers 1:38). King did, however, flourish in other areas, winning second prize in the John L. Webb oratorical competition in 1946 and 1948..."
While reading, editing and researching, the impact Webb had on Arkansas became scripted through the passionate and compassionate words of Cheryl L. Batts, Janis F. Kearney and Dr. Patricia Washington-McGraw. Join them and others on this historical journey.
"I first became interested in Hot Springs history after reading a book about Chicago's Policy Kings and Hot Springs was mentioned. Later, I was introduced to Ms. Batts work with P.H.O.E.B.E. and a whole new world of Black history was revealed to me. As someone who loves learning about the history of Chicago, I have grown to appreciate the many connections of Hot Springs and my hometown. This book on John Lee Webb has added greatly to my knowledge base, not only about the Hot Springs-Chicago connection but how much of all of Black America is connected to the "Springs". I applaud the efforts of P.H.O.E.B.E. Publishers in bringing forth the contributions of John Lee Webb and others who did so much to move us forward while facing great adversity.
-Harold Lee Rush - Chicago Broadcast Legend and Historian-
This is a book for educational institutions, genealogist, humanities scholars, historians and people who like a good read.
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