Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power
by David T. Beito and Linda Royster Beito
University of Illinois Press / 2009
From the Publisher's Description: He was a mentor to civil rights activist Medgar Evers, a nemesis of J. Edgar Hoover, and a target of the Ku Klux Klan. He also played a key role in the search for truth in the Emmett Till murder case. As a trained medical doctor, he kept the secrets of the white elite, and although married to one woman for forty years, he had many personal peccadilloes. His life was often in great peril, and his home was protected by armed guards around the clock.
But T. R. M. Howard's impressive accomplishments and abilities vastly outshone his personal flaws and foibles. He was a dynamic civil rights pioneer and promoter of self-help and business enterprise among blacks.
"Black Maverick's wonderfully told story about an important personality sadly unknown to most students of the Civil Rights Movement is a more than welcome corrective. Dr. Howard's life and accomplishments need to be better known!"--Julian Bond, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Dr. Howard was a graduate of Union College and the College of Medical Evangelists at Loma Linda. The North American Informant described him in 1966 as "a physician, civic leader, and humanitarian" who "has long been associated with, and has been a friend of Seventh-day Adventists" (Mar.-Apr 1966, p. 5).