Alex Heard has written The Eyes of Willie Mcgee, A Tragedy of Race, Sex and Secrets in the Jim Crow South. The Book will be released on May 11, 2010.
Briefly, Willie McGee, a young African-American man from Laurel, Mississippi, was sentenced to death for allegedly raping Willette Hawkins, a white housewife in 1945. By the time the case ended in 1951 with McGee's public execution in Mississippi's infamous traveling electric chair, "Free Willie McGee" had become a rallying cry among civil rights activists, progressives, leftists, and Communist Party members.
The significance of this book for FOIA purposes is that Heard made extensive use of the FOIA in research for the book, especially FBI files. It is yet another example of the significance of the FOIA in America.