Troy University to host panel discussion of book describing forced labor in Alabama

Posted: Friday, 02 August 2013

DOTHAN — Troy University will host a panel discussion at the Dothan Campus on Aug. 27 to discuss Douglas Blackmon's Pulitzer Prize-winning book describing forced labor in Alabama, “Slavery By Another Name."

Presented by the Evergreen Center for Dialogue and Discernment, the “Injustice Remembered" panel event is co-sponsored by TROY, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Alfred Saliba Ministry Fund -- Evergreen Presbyterian USA and the Friends of the Dothan-Houston County Library System. The event will be held at 6 p.m. inside the Sony Hall Auditorium in R. Terry Everett Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Blackmon's book tells the story of Alabama citizens who became forced laborers and victims of human trafficking and corruption from the last decades of the nineteenth century through World War II. The book became the basis for a documentary underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts and viewable free of charge at http://www.slaverybyanothername.com/pbs-film/.

Chris McCauley of the Dave Mathews Center for Civic Life will facilitate the panel discussion. The panelists will include Robert Lupton, author of “Toxic Charity," Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller of the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Wayne Flynt, professor emeritus from Auburn University and Tonya Groomes, the descendant of the main character of Blackmon's book.

“We invite audience members to contemplate and discuss the long-term impact of the forced-labor practices on Alabama's educational, economic, and social systems," said Lavonda Gosselin of the Evergreen Center for Dialogue and Discernment. “Please join us to discuss issues of race, poverty and community building as citizens joined together for the purpose of making our community a place in which everyone can thrive."

For more information, contact Dr. Martin Olliff at the Dothan Campus at (334) 983-6556, ext. 1327, or molliff@troy.edu.