I WROTE The Thunder of Angels because I believe that the full story of what happened in the days and years building up to Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat on a city bus on December 1, 1955, and of what happened during the turbulent year that followed, has not been fully told. In particular, the role of Edgar Daniel (E. D.) Nixon, an uneducated Pullman porter who organized the NAACP in Alabama while Martin Luther King, Jr., was still a child, has not been given its due.
After numerous deplorable incidents built up to Mrs. Parks's action, the black men and women of Montgomery became so infuriated that they stood up against the white power structure. The bus boycott that ensued precipitated the founding of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA)—the birth of the civil rights movement.
My father-in-law saved the bus on which Parks took her historic stand, inspiring me to delve into the history of the bus and the boycott. My coauthor already knew most of the participants as a reporter. Together, we hope we have illuminated a turning point in our nation's history.