Authors offer three different perspectives on Alabama segregation

Posted: Monday, 30 January 2012

MONTGOMERY—Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum and the University of Alabama Press will offer a panel discussion on segregation in Deep South Alabama, and how we think, feel, and act toward those who are not the same color as us.

Entitled "Otherness in Black & White," the panel will include UA Press authors Dr. Wayne Flynt, Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson, and Lila Quintero Weaver. The program will be held inside the Rosa Parks Museum auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. After a brief talk, the authors will be available for a book signing.

Books can be purchased at the Rosa Parks Museum Gift Shop. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Wayne Flynt is Distinguished University Professor of History at Auburn University and author or coauthor of 11 books, including Alabama Baptists: Southern Baptists in the Heart of Dixie, Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites, Alabama: The History of a Deep South State, and Taking Christianity to China: Alabama Missionaries in the Middle Kingdom, 1850-1950. He is also the author of his newly published historic memoir Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives. Flynt has been recognized by numerous awards and honors, including the Lillian Smith Award for nonfiction, the Clarence Cason Nonfiction Award, the James F. Sulzby Jr. Book Award (twice), and the Alabama Library Association Award for nonfiction (twice).

Richie Jean Jackson, author of The House by the Side of the Road: The Selma Civil Rights Movement. This book is a firsthand account of the behind-the-scenes activity of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his lieutenants while they spent time in Selma, as well as a memoir of Mrs. Jackson's life growing up in rural Alabama. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Mrs. Jackson earned her BS in Secondary Education from Alabama State College and her Masters of Education from the University of Montevallo. Retired from the teaching profession, Mrs. Jackson lives in Selma.

Lila Quintero Weaver received her BA from New College at The University of Alabama. Weaver's family emigrated from Argentina to Marion, Alabama, in 1961 and was firsthand witnesses to key moments in the civil rights movement. Weaver and her husband, Paul, live in Northport, Alabama. Darkroom is her first book.

The Rosa Parks Museum is located at 252 Montgomery Street in Montgomery, Alabama, on the campus of Troy University. The Museum is a major landmark in the revitalization of downtown Montgomery constructed on the site of the old Empire Theatre where Mrs. Parks made her courageous and historic stand in 1955. The interpretive museum occupies the first floor and 7,000 square feet of a three-story, 55,000-square-foot building that also contains the TROY Montgomery Campus library.

The University of Alabama Press, celebrating more than 65 years of fine publishing, is one of the largest and fastest-growing publishers in the South. It publishes between 70 and 75 books a year in archaeology, military history, Judaic studies, literary criticism, communication, sports, Civil Rights, religion, southern history, and regional topics.