The East End Tea Room is a true story about the citizens of Mississippi weathering the storm in the 1960's when hundreds of civil rights activists from the North invaded the state. It was during a time when black ghettoes in the civil rights worker's own backyards in Northern cities were about to explode in death and destruction. In one year, 67 race riots broke out in Northern cities. In Detroit alone, 43 people were killed and millions of dollars in property destroyed.
The story is about the civil rights movement in the 1960's, but it also describes an era of honky tonk fighters in Meridian, never equaled before or since. The East End Tea Room was not a Klan hangout, but a colorful beer joint that depicts the honky tonk scene during that bygone period of Meridian's history. The book is also an insiders account of the civil rights murders in the fictional movie Mississippi Burning.
The East End Tea Room is dedicated to the citizens of Mississippi, white and black, who weathered the storm of the Second Reconstruction in Mississippi and later voted overwhelmingly to preserve the proud heritage of the Mississippi state flag.