Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

BPL's Eighteenth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture

BPL's Eighteenth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture

“A Reckoning With Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy” 

  • What: The Eighteenth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture
  • When: January 19, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: BPL Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/BirminghamPublicLibrary     
  • Details: No registration required. 

As part of the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, each January the Birmingham Public Library’s Department of Archives and Manuscripts sponsors Begin the Day: The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture. Now in its eighteenth year, the King Lecture has featured civil rights activists, scholars, children’s book authors, and community leaders discussing civil rights history and contemporary human rights issues including immigrant rights, voting rights, human trafficking, and Islamophobia.

For the 2021 King Lecture, author Connor Towne O’Neill will discuss his new book, Down Along with That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy. O’Neill takes a deep dive into American history, exposing the still-raging battles over monuments dedicated to one of the most notorious Confederate generals, Nathan Bedford Forrest, the officer who became the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and whom William Tecumseh Sherman referred to as “that devil.” Down Along with That Devil’s Bones has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and has been named a best book of the year from Library Journal, and a best southern book from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Connor Towne O’Neill’s writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Slate, RBMA, and the Village Voice, and he works as a producer on the NPR podcast White Lies, which was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and teaches at Auburn University and with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. 

The program will be broadcast live on the Birmingham Public Library Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BirminghamPublicLibrary. A Facebook account is not required to view the program.

The live program is co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the Birmingham Public Library’s Department of Archives and Manuscripts.


For more information contact Jim Baggett (205-226-3631, jbaggett@bham.lib.al.us) or visit www.bplonline.org.

 

Last Updated: January 11, 2021