Hugh Pearson

HUGH PEARSON (1957–2005) was descended from generations of African-American surgeons, including his great-uncle, who was the first Negro surgeon in south Georgia and built the largest private hospital for blacks in the state. Pearson's distinctive voice weaved autobiography and investigative journalism to offer a unique window of understanding into the nature of the American experience. He was the author of Under the Knife: How a Wealthy Negro Surgeon Wielded Power in the Jim Crow South (2000), which The New York Times called "a moving passionate story," of “a poignancy transcending issues of race;” and The Shadow of the Panther: Huey Newton and the Price of Black Power in America, a New York Times Notable Book of 1994.