When you have a school as old and renowned as Vanderbilt you’re obviously going to have some success stories about alumni. Tonight Vanderbilt is going to honor some of its grads who are successful authors at the Heard Library Community Room at 5:30pm. The featured authors are Eric Etheridge, Charles Euchner and Alex Heard.
Specifically these writers have all written about the early years of the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, the official name of the event is apparently “From Jim Crow to the March on Washington: Alumni Authors Look Back on the Beginnings of a Movement,” but I guess they figured that was too long for event listings.
Alex Heard has been featured on N4F in the past for another event involving his work titled The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex and Secrets in the Jim Crow South. The book is about a young African American man who was executed in in 1951 for allegedly raping a white housewife (To Kill a Mockingbird, anyone?). It was named a Best Book of 2010 by the Washington Post.
Charles Euchner’s latest book is Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington. It’s about the significance of the August 28 March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in the context of the overall Civil Rights Movement.
Eric Etheridge is the author and photographer of Breach of Peace, a collection of portraits from the Mississippi Freedom Riders of 1961. Together, these authors will represent a wide berth of perspective on the Civil Rights Movement, and will engage history buffs and authors alike.
Again, this takes place in the Community Room at Vanderbilt’s main library tonight. Things will get started at 5:30.