I hope that many people in our community will come to Centre College Tuesday to hear a lecture by visiting Humana professor, Diane McWhorter. Ms. McWhorter won the Pulitzer prize for general nonfiction in 2002 for "Carry Me Home," her electrifying account of the Birmingham civil rights movement, and she has just published "A Dream of Freedom," the first substantial history of the civil rights movement written specifically for younger readers. Her lecture will be at 7 p.m. in Young 101, and its title is "The Last White Witness to Segregation: Dealing with the Collective Amnesia about the Civil Rights Era." Admission is free.
Diane McWhorter comes from a prominent white Birmingham family, and her work on the civil rights movement has a strong personal element, as she reflects upon on her experience of that time as a child and her later understanding of it as an adult. She is brilliant, charismatic speaker, and I think that many in this community will enjoy hearing what she has to say.