by Judith M Echols

As a young black girl growing up on the crest of the ’60’s movement, it was To Kill A Mockingbird that profoundly crystalized for me the understanding that… someone cares. It was the other voice to the deliberate, albeit valid voices of the time that identified past and then current atrocities against the ‘negro’ people. Voices that presented a single , myopic view to the state and condition of a people. Thank you Mr. Peck for your courage and diligence to your craft and for listening to God’s voice… whispering in your ear “Yes…this must be done.”