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Review: Echoes Of a Voice For Justice: The Story of Barry A. Murray

Discovering History and Altering Perspective

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Alexandria, VA – Review: Echoes Of a Voice For Justice: The Story of Barry A. Murray

Publisher: HLE Publishing Company

Author: Anita Hackley Lambert

Reviewed by: Ralph Peluso, Literary Editor

Zebra Rating–5 Stripes

Winston Churchill is among a group of historians credited with saying that history is written by the victors. A historian writes history, and all historians bring their own perspective to their works. That perspective is usually guided by elements that may include political affiliation and leanings, social status and cultural theories, educational level, emotional condition, and religious affiliation and belief system, among other things.

Anita Hackley Lambert’s second insightful biography, Echoes of a Voice for Justice, is a serious work that will arouse readers’ intellectual curiosity and question many long-standing perspectives on black business communities and the role of mainstream newspapers and other media outlets.

Barry Antonio Murray led an extraordinary life. His saga blends history, family secrets, and personal demons, but he was always a truth-teller. Murray possessed an unwavering will in pursuing justice and empowering minority communities. Although he never knew his grandfather, he walked in his shoes on a path that made him a civil rights force.

In a recent interview, I asked the author how she felt when the book was completed. “In three words, Exhilarated and Liberated. Over a span of 16 years, this book project unfolded amidst unforeseen obstacles and prolonged delays. Yet, bound by my solemn promise and commitment to its completion, I confronted each challenge as a catalyst for growth rather than a roadblock. This project imparted upon me a reflective lesson: the value of honoring one’s commitments and overcoming obstacles through triumph.”

Lambert’s work delivers a series of significant messages. “The Power of One,” a single individual with the right determination, can make a huge difference in the lives of others.

Barry A. Murray’s life shines as a testament to the power of one to enact profound change. In the middle of the tumult of racism and injustice, Murray armed not with force but with unwavering conviction, challenged the status quo and diligently advocated for the rights and dignity of marginalized peoples.

Second, Civil Rights remain an issue today. Only through tireless advocacy and a relentless pursuit of justice will racial disparities and systemic inequalities be eradicated.

Third, a balanced media serves as a catalyst for change. Murray served as a black progressive newspaper editor and had a role in shaping public opinion. Through newspapers, pamphlets, and impassioned speeches, he ignited public consciousness and challenged entrenched injustices.

Murray’s visionary use of media became a rallying cry for change, amplifying voices long suppressed and catalyzing movements toward equality and justice. Readers learn about the influential power of media in challenging prevailing narratives, dismantling stereotypes, and amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. In his hands, media emerged not just as a tool of communication but as a powerful catalyst for societal transformation, illuminating the path towards a brighter future for all. But truth must always prevail in the end.

Media must maintain a commitment to truth-telling. Barry Murray epitomized ethics and integrity in journalism, upholding the highest standards of truth and fairness amidst colonial challenges. His unwavering commitment to accuracy and impartiality became a beacon of journalistic integrity, earning him widespread respect and credibility. Murray’s steadfast dedication to ethical reporting empowered communities, fostering informed dialogue and driving positive change into a tumultuous landscape.

Anita Hackley Lambert’s journey is one of remarkable transformation, evolving from a childhood veiled in secrecy to emerging as a leading voice in American historical literature. Her debut biography, F.H.M. Murray: First Biography of a Forgotten Pioneer for Civil Justice, stands as a testament to her unwavering commitment to honoring promises made, particularly to her mother.

Building on the success of that book, Lambert’s latest work, Echoes of a Voice for Justice: The Story of Barry A. Murray, further underscores her dedication to amplifying the voices of marginalized figures in history.

Lambert’s journey to literary acclaim is as diverse as it is inspiring. Before immersing in historical biographies, she navigated the intricacies of being a CEO in the information technology sector, leveraging her expertise to write technical manuals for federal government contracts. Guided by her strong Christian faith and her role as an evangelist and preacher, Lambert infuses her writing with a sense of purpose and conviction. Her work spans a wide range of genres, from biographies that resurrect forgotten figures to inspirational books that propel personal growth and spiritual exploration combined with her near-death experiences.

Anita Hackley Lambert (Courtesy photo)

At a spry 78, Anitia is embracing an ambitious writing agenda. She plans to release a second edition of her debut biography on F.H.M. Murray updated with the latest research. While simultaneously chronicling the extraordinary journey of a black orphan who lived with and worked for one of this nation’s wealthiest families before working for two former U.S. presidents in Outhouse to White House. So, stay tuned.

Echoes of a Voice for Justice is a compelling tale of determination and commitment to giving a voice to those who lack one and a perspective-changing biography of a determined truth-teller. A solid 5 Zebra stripes.

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