Centre College Humana Visiting Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Diane McWhorter will give a public lecture titled "The Last White Witness to Segregation: Dealing with the Collective Amnesia about the Civil Rights Era" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 101 of Young Hall.
McWhorter will lecture from her own experience growing up under segregation in Alabama.
In 2002, McWhorter won the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction for "Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution."
"Carry Me Home" is a 600-page personal documentary of the cataclysmic events that took place in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963 - where the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and the death of three innocent girls stands as the turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and the moment when Birmingham rose to the nation's conscience.
McWhorter grew up in Birmingham within a prominent family. These connections gave her special insights into the resistance that many whites mounted against the civil rights struggle.