Baltimore Activist Connects Present With Civil Rights Movement In New Book

Stacy M. Brown | 6/29/2018, 6 a.m.
Kevin Shird is a three-time published author, writer and social activist and he has many talking about his latest book, ...

Born in Pensacola, Florida, and an Alabama State College graduate, Malden cut King’s hair for more than a decade and he opened the Malden Brother barbershop with family members in 1954.

“Because of segregation, the black barber was a very important place where blacks congregated,” Shird said, adding that Malden also worked distributing the Southern Carrier newspaper, which was one of just a handful of newspapers in the south during the Jim Crow era geared towards the concerns of black people.

Shird, who is currently finalizing a deal to become lead screenwriter on an as-yet-titled Hollywood film says he believes his latest book can help young ones connect the dots between today and history.

“I’m hoping that this book will help motivate African-Americans to [become active] and stay engaged by either voting, protesting and organizing. I really feel like this is a great time to be black in America and an opportunity to make a historical difference,” he said. “It’s a great time to rise up and become a leader in the community. A great time to embrace the young people around us and help them acquire their dreams. It’s a great time for the black culture. We just have to believe in ourselves and our ability.”

Shird’s book, “The Colored Waiting Room: Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements; Conversations Between an MLK Jr. Confidant and a Modern-Day Activist” is available for sale at https://www.amazon.com/Colored-Waiting-Room-Empowering-Conversations/dp/1948062011.