Monday, October 14, 2013

Freedom Riders Exhibit & Speaker Series

The Simon Schwob Library, Main Campus will host Freedom Riders, a national traveling exhibition which tells the story of civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the south to challenge authorities’ failure to enforce U.S. Supreme Court rulings outlawing segregation. This exhibit will be available for viewing October 17 - November 7. In addition, the library will hold a lecture series associated with this display of history. See below for lecture event details: 

§  A 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 lecture at Schwob library by T.K. Thorne, author of Last Chance for Justice: How Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers. Thorne, a Birmingham police captain-turned-author, offers in her new book an insider’s look at how two of her colleagues reopened one of the most infamous civil rights crimes, the Sept. 15, 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church that killed four young girls. That police work led to convictions of three more Klansmen in 2001-2002.

§  A 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7  lecture at Schwob library by Thomas Aiello, an assistant professor of history and African-American studies at Valdosta State University, on "Leaving the Promised Land: The Atlanta Hawks, Race, and the NBA's Move to the Deep South." Aiello, who’s also taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has published nonfiction books on the Grambling-Southern football rivalry and Depression-era competition in the Negro Leagues, as well as three novels.

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