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Date: Tuesday, February 08 2011, 7:15 pm—8:15 pm
Location: Decatur
Event Type: Author Talks
Series: Georgia Center for the Book's Festival of Writers, Black History Month
Age Group: Adult (18+)

Prize-winning veteran journalist Wayne Greenhaw joins us for a discussion of his provocative new book, Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. His new book examines how the Klan, empowered by Governor George Wallace’s defiance of civil rights laws, grew more violent until confronted by a courageous, determined coalition of blacks and whites. Greenhaw tells the full story, from the Klan’s bombings and murders in the 1950s to Wallace’s run for a fourth term as governor in the early 1980s, when he asked for forgiveness and won re-election with the black vote. Greenhaw wrote about Alabama government for 17 years as a reporter in Montgomery, and in 2006 he received the Harper Lee Award as Alabama’s distinguished writer.

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