Where the VOTING RIGHTS MOVEMENT Took Center Stage in 1965
SOUL OF A NATION tells the riveting story of “ordinary people” who kept the movement alive with
determination, courage, and daily protests. They put their lives on the line as they spoke truth to
power and stood up to Southern rule. Marchers were beaten, tear-gassed, and their children cattle
People of conscience, both white and black, came together in a movement that forever changed America …
but not without great sacrifice. Three activists – Jimmy Lee Jackson, James Reeb, and Viola Liuzzo –
were murdered before one of the most significant pieces of legislation in U.S. history, the Voting
Rights Act of 1965, was enacted.
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Annie Lee Jones is clubbed while marching to gain her right to vote. The white woman she raised from
babyhood, Leslie Cole, returns to Selma to take her away from the violent protests, but Annie Lee
refuses to leave. Protesting voter injustice alongside Annie Lee is the Turner family: soft-mannered
Elverse Turner, his fifteen-year old activist son, Carlton, and his beautiful wife, Mandy. Their
involvement with the marches inadvertently uncovers a dark family secret that tests their commitment to
equality. Despite court ordered restrictions, police brutality, KKK plots, and even murder, SOUL OF A
NATION celebrates the power of people overcoming all odds to create change.
Peggi Chute is a retired educator, educational filmmaker, and Hollywood film editor who read about the
events in Selma, Alabama, and couldn’t believe such injustice happened during her lifetime. Thus began
her long process of painstaking research to find her voice and speak through her strong characters to
tell their story. SOUL OF A NATION is Ms. Chute’s first novel. She resides by a small lake in San
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
"P.E. Chute has woven together a dramatic 'historical novel' in which newspaper and TV accounts of
the march from Selma to Montgomery are brought to life with a cast of lovable characters of her own
creation. In the midst of this 50th anniversary year, we need to be reminded of both the 'real people'
and the bit players whose lives and deaths we celebrate. SOUL OF A NATION does just that!"
--Orloff W. Miller (Minister who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.)
"Well developed characters and compelling story of the grass roots people who dedicated their
the voting rights movement and the march from Selma
to Montgomery in 1965. The author weaves the lives of many throughout our nation with the protesters of
Selma who were about to make a significant change in our nation's history. Helps the reader realize the
sacrifices made to assure that all are equal in claiming their right to vote."
--Marsha Bryan, former President and CEO of United Methodist Foundation in Northern