Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Casual Questions with Gordon Martin

Gordon A. Martin, Jr., is the author of Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote. This book is a personal account of one lawyer’s involvement in the groundbreaking voter discrimination case United States v. Lynd.

Martin is a retired trial judge and an adjunct professor at New England School of Law.  Count Them One by One is now available from UPM.
  • What was your first job?

    My first job was a summer job while in high school. I built guinea pig castles at a suburban Boston zoo.
  • How do you like to relax?

    To relax I play tennis or work out in a gym. I attend college sports events, particularly football, basketball and ice hockey. I also enjoy classical music concerts, reading mysteries and watching some on television.
  • What is the most satisfying thing about having a book published?

    The most satisfying thing about Count Them One by One being published is knowing that courageous local African Americans who sought to vote will be recognized for the first time. I talked, for example, to the grandson of one of our witnesses who was three when his grandfather died. He had no idea his grandfather was a hero.

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