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Anne Farris Rosen is the editor of Deep South Dispatch and the daughter of John Herbers. She was fortunate that her father was a lifelong mentor for her eventual career as a journalist in Washington, D.C. and, that for ten years, the two worked elbow-to-elbow to revise his manuscript and completed it before he died in March 2017.

Deep South Dispatch is a tribute to his work and the efforts of thousands of people who advanced the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. His historic account enlightens us at a particularly relevant time as the country continues to struggle with its ongoing quest for equality. As James Baldwin reminds us, “History is not the past, it is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history.”

“If it had not been for reporters like John, I do not know what would have happened to us as we fought for civil rights. He was not afraid to get in the way, often risking his life to uncover the truth. He made a lasting contribution to the movement and to America.” -Congressmen John Lewis
“Throughout the 1960s, as he chased down the biggest stories on the civil rights beat, Mr. Herbers sometimes found himself being chased, by angry white mobs and on occasion angry white police officers. All the while, he and his wife, the former Betty Wood, were trying as best they could to give their four daughters some semblance of a normal childhood.” -The Washington Times
“Readers interested in race relations as well as the importance of a free press will admire this volume.”  –Library Journal
“[Herbers’s] self-reflective analysis encapsulates why this memoir is so riveting, and so timely. As we once again find ourselves assessing the role of race in American society, the place of states’ rights and the limits of police force, this memoir reminds us of the critical, resonating facts of a not-so-distant past.” -ArtsAtl.com

Click here to learn more about Deep South Dispatch or order your own copy on Amazon.


Anne has spoken about Deep South Dispatch at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Ga.; the William J. Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas.; HM2 Studio in New York; and the Philip Merrill School of Journalism and other locations in Washington, D.C.

We still have a few book event dates coming up! Check to see if we’ll be at an event near you:

Mississippi Book Festival, Jackson Mississippi: August 19, 2018
Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida: November 29, 2018
Inkwood Bookstore, Tampa, Florida: November 30, 2018
Accord Civil Rights Museum, Augustine, Florida: December 1, 2018

Be sure to also look for the Deep South Dispatch book display at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington, D.C. from August 6-9.

Anne will also be appearing on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, “Mississippi Edition,” with host Karen Brown.

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