Integration and Football

John Pruett, retired sports editor and columnist for The Huntsville Times, will talk about the integration of football programs in the 1970s during the closing event of Community Read 2012: A Gathering of Old Men on Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Main Library.

This month-long celebration of Gaines, his work and Louisiana culture features lectures, discussion groups, film screenings, concerts and more. All events are open to the public free of charge. The program is funded by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Set on a sugarcane plantation in the early 1970s, “A Gathering of Old Men” is composed of a series of first-person accounts of the events that occur on one fateful day when an abusive Cajun farmer is killed and a community rallies to support the suspected killer. When the novel was published in 1983, The Village Voice called it "the best-written novel on Southern race relations in over a decade."