Storm Splitter is a sharecropper tale about splitting a storm, that gives first hand written accounts, stories, diaries, and other recollections of Delta life by ordinary people. The story line is simple but graphic descriptions reflecting time and place are invaluable. As this Storm Splitter story unfolds, the reader gets an unusual look at the plight 1957 sharecroppers forced into service as day labor cotton choppers by the Soil Bank Act of 1956. No longer allowed to have their own half -share crops, tenant farmers, became day laborers.
Hilliard L. Lackey serves as Associate Professor of Urban Higher Education for the Jackson State University (JSU) Executive Ph.D. Program. He earned degrees (B.A., History and Political Science, MS.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision, and the Ed.S. in Educational Administration) from Jackson State University and the Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Mississippi. He has been an administrator/professor at JSU including; Director of Alumni Affairs, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President. He has also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Enrollment Management at LeMoyne-Owen (Memphis, TN). Dr. Lackey is a 2008 inductee into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, 2003 Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund HBCU Alumnus of the Year, 1997 NAFEO Distinguished Alumni Award honoree, and in 2004 the McCormick Freedom Museum of Chicago placed his quote on a monument. He was a Fulbright Fellow to North Africa (the Maghreb) and is an authority on the Historical Geography of the Mississippi Delta.