Author Wayne Greenhaw speaks about his new book on Thursday, March 10.

Please join us for a fascinating talk from  Wayne Greenhaw, author of Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How the Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama.  Copies of the book will be for sale at the event.

This event will be in the Main branch auditorium on Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 pm. It is free and open to the public. Please contact Luisa with any questions about this event at lmorenilla [at] hmcpl [dot] org.

Booklist review of Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama:

Journalist Greenhaw grew up in Alabama and had relatives and family friends deeply ensconced in the Ku Klux Klan. As an individual and later a reporter covering the civil rights movement for the Alabama Journal and the Montgomery Advertiser, Greenhaw made close contact with the heroic and villainous elements of the civil rights era. He chronicles the famous and the lesser-known, the activists and the people on the sidelines, black and white, who were compelled to make difficult choices to challenge or comply with heinous social customs. He follows the case of a black truck driver killed by the Klan in 1957, against the backdrop of the growing civil rights movement. Drawing on news archives, interviews, and personal accounts, he recalls the individuals who resisted and those who exploited racism, among them George Wallace. Greenhaw recalls Wallace’s wily use of racism to promote his political career and rise to governor and his later conversion to civil rights advocate. Photographs enhance this record of the complex history of race and politics in the South.

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