Wayne Dawkins writes about man behind Cooper v. Power
There’s an old saying that behind every great man, you’ll find a great woman.
The reverse might be said in the case of Shirley Chisholm who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 12th District of New York (Brooklyn) for close to twenty years, and who was the first African-American to be elected to that body. Congresswoman Chisholm’s long and distinguished career, and her dedication to her community, are well known, but how many today realize that it was a successful lawsuit brought by Brooklyn voting rights activitist Andrew W. Cooper (Cooper v. Power) that ultimately opened the doors for Shirley Chisholm to make her move? Well, Hampton University journalism professor Wayne Dawkins, for one.
Professor Dawkins devoted seven years to crafting a biography of Cooper, a former beer company employee whom he has called mentor. In “City Sun: Andrew W. Cooper’s Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn” (published in July by the University Press of Mississippi), Dawkins documents the sometimes explosive times that helped to forge a shift in the political landscape that reached well beyond the borders of Brooklyn, New York.
If you’d like to learn more, you’re in luck! Professor Dawkins is scheduled to speak about his book and sign copies on Tuesday, October 9, at 6 p.m. at the Hampton University Library, located at 130 E. Tyler Street in Hampton.
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Take I-64 to the Settlers Landing Road exit. As you enter campus, Harvey Library is on the left side of Tyler.