Author: Junius Edwards

Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, Junius Edwards (1929–2008) was an African American author of fiction. After serving in the US Army for nine years after World War II, he studied at the University of Oslo, Norway, where he pursued writing. In 1958, he won first prize in the Writer’s Digest Short Story contest for his story “Liars Don’t Qualify,” and the following year he received the Eugene F. Saxton Fellowship for creative writing. Much of his writing focused on racial problems in the American South. During the 1960s, Edwards worked in advertising, establishing one of the first black-owned advertising agencies in New York City. He published one novel, If We Must Die, in 1961.

Liars Don’t Qualify

Junius Edwards

Notwithstanding the abundant social and personal degradations and humiliations experienced by African Americans as a result of segregation and other racist denials of equal access and human dignity, nothing compares politically to the systematic denial of their right to vote.