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Dec 2, 2020 @ 6pm ET
Location: Virtual Event
Hosted by: Fiction Addiction
Join Claudia Smith Brinson and Judge Richard Gergel in conversation about Stories of Struggle: The Clash over Civil Rights in South Carolina.
In this pioneering study of the long and arduous struggle for civil rights in South Carolina, journalist Claudia Smith Brinson details the lynchings, beatings, cross burn-ings, and venomous hatred that black South Carolinians endured—as well as the astonishing courage, dignity, and com-passion of those who risked their lives for equality. Through extensive research and interviews with more than 150 civil rights activists, Brinson chronicles twenty pivotal years of petitioning, picketing, boycotting, marching, and holding sit-ins.
These intimate stories of courage, both heartbreaking and inspiring, shine a light on the progress achieved by nonviolent civilrights activists while also revealing white South Carolinians’ often violent resistance to change. Although significant racial dis-parities remain, the sacrifices of these brave men and women produced real progress—and hope for the future.
Claudia Smith Brinson, a newspaper journalist in South Carolina for more than thirty years, spent much of her career with Knight Ridder media company as a senior writer, writing coach, associate editor, and columnist. She taught writing at the University of South Carolina and directed the Writing for Print and Digital Media major at Columbia College. Brinson won more than thirty state, regional, and national awards, including Knight Ridder's Award of Excellence and an O. Henry Award for short fiction, and she was a member of the Pulitzer finalist team covering Hurricane Hugo.
Richard Gergel, the author of Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring, is a United States district judge who presides in the same courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, where Judge Waring once served. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Judge Gergel earned undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University. With his wife, Dr. Belinda Gergel, he is the author of In Pursuit of the Tree of Life: A History of the Early Jews of Columbia, South Carolina.
Published on November 10, 2020 | Categories: Events
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