From Jim Crow to the March on Washington
Where: Vanderbilt's Jean and Alexander Heard Library Community Room
When: 5-7 p.m. Thu., April 21
Three Vanderbilt alumni — all of whom have made significant written contributions to our understanding of the Civil Rights era — join together for a panel discussion and book signing at their alma mater. Alex Heard’s The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex and Secrets in the Jim Crow South garnered a Best Book of 2010 notice from the Washington Post for its portrayal of a young man executed for an alleged rape in segregated Mississippi; Charles Euchner’s Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington profiles over 100 of the marchers who witnessed Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963; Eric Etheridge’s Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders contains over 300 mug shots of arrested civil-rights activists, as well as interviews with several dozen of them. John Seigenthaler, founder of The First Amendment Center and host of WNPT’s A Word on Words, will moderate.