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STCL Houston Alumnus Wins Nautilus Award for Book About Camp Logan Soldiers

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Jaime Salazar, a 2015 alumnus of South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston), recently won a 2022 Nautilus Award for his book “Mutiny of Rage,” based on the 1917 Camp Logan riots that occurred in Houston.

The Nautilus Award’s core mission is to celebrate and honor books that support positive social change and social justice, amid other goals. Salazar’s book, released by Prometheus Books in August 2021, includes a foreword by Geoffrey S. Corn, the Gary A. Kuiper Distinguished Professor of National Security Law at STCL Houston.

Salazar was a former student of Prof. Corn while in law school, and Prof. Corn has been actively involved in trying to restore honor to the Camp Logan soldiers.

“ ‘Mutiny of Rage’ does something few books have attempted before: it contributes to a present-day awareness of the tragic end that befell these soldiers,” wrote Prof. Corn, who also is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.

STCL Houston Professor Kenneth Williams also praised the book. “Salazar recreated an important yet overlooked moment in Texas and American history with a searing narrative about the Camp Logan race riots of 1917. Mutiny of Rage is at once gripping and vital in understanding the injustices that African Americans too often endure in the American criminal justice system.”

Prof. Corn notes that the end of the Camp Logan story has not been written. STCL Houston faculty and students, with a variety of external collaborators, continue working on a justice  initiative related to these soldiers.

“At the very least, we must understand these events and learn from this tragedy,” Prof. Corn said.

Salazar, who lives in Houston, is a lawyer, engineer, soldier and author. He wrote the 2005 memoir Legion of the Lost, which recounted his experiences joining and subsequently fleeing the French Foreign Legion. He also co-authored Escaping the Amazon. He currently practices immigration, patent and criminal law. When not practicing law, he is dedicated to his passion for writing narrative non-fiction and to physical activity. He competed in the 2020 Houston Marathon.

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