By Staff Reports
WASHINGTON, D.C. — It was announced today that U.S. Senator Doug Jones (Ala.) will publish a book with All Points Books entitled, "BENDING TOWARD JUSTICE: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights."
In the book, Jones chronicles the decades-long fight to avenge the victims of the infamous 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, culminating in his prosecution of the last living bombers. Jones also shares insights on his 2017 victorious Senate campaign, which made national and global headlines.
"Bending toward Justice" will be published in January 2019 and available in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats.
A life-long resident of Alabama, Jones grew up during the tumultuous era of public school desegregation. He went on to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama beginning in 1997. During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Jones successfully prosecuted two of the four men responsible for the tragic 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombings--finally securing justice for the four young girls who were killed.
Years later, Jones once again felt called to stand against the forces of intolerance that were empowered in the wake of Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency. In 2017, Jones ran for and won the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Sessions in a special election, defeating Republican Roy Moore in a dramatic race that aroused intense national interest.
"Bending toward Justice," covers the long trajectory of Jones’ legal and political career and his abiding commitment to social justice.
In the book, written with veteran journalist Greg Truman and with a Foreword by Rick Bragg, Jones gives a detailed account of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, its immediate aftermath, and the investigations and trials that followed over the next 40 years, culminating in his successful conviction of two of the perpetrators. He describes his role in the investigation, shining a light on a key moment in our national struggle for equality and the long road to prosecuting those responsible for the tragedy.