World vs. Bob Chisholm by Candy Justice and Bryan Cottingham

When 28-year-old Bob Chisholm relocated his wife, Carol, and daughter, Candy, to Winona, Mississippi (population 4382) in 1958, to start up the town’s first radio station, he had no idea what was in store for him. Small town life in the 1950s and 1960s brings to mind people leaving their houses unlocked while they were away on vacation and everybody saying “yes ma’am” and “yes, sir” to their elders. Because there was a general friendliness between the races in small towns, it was easy for white people to convince themselves that racial discrimination did not exist. Because Winona was one of several “ground zero” communities in Mississippi for the Civil Rights movement, its self-image was challenged by events beyond its control. By simply reporting civil rights news and crimes committed by local elected officials, Bob Chisholm was beaten up and his life was threatened. This is a memoir about the courage of Bob Chisholm as written by his daughter, who went on to become a journalism professor, and one of his teenage announcers, who went on to become an Emmy-winning director and producer.