I will be speaking about Red Summer at 10 a.m., Sept. 27, in Augusta to several book clubs and the general public. The talk will be held at the Jeff Maxwell Branch Library of the East Central Georgia Regional Library, 1927 Lumpkin Rd., Augusta, GA 30906. (706) 793-2020.
A part of the talk will review racial violence in east Georgia during 1919.
Book will be available for purchase and signing.
Barbara Williams is reading Red Summer in its entirety for the African-American Lives and Literature show on WYPL FM 89.3 in Memphis. The station is a radio reading service for people with impaired vision. Ms. Williams is presenting daily readings of the book daily from now until Sept. 9.
Like to read and to read aloud? Think about volunteering for a radio reading service near you.
Close to a main entrance of Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s equivalent of Central Park, sits a marker at the site where Booker T. Washington delivered his famous “Cast down your bucket” speech in 1895. In his speech, which was praised by southern whites, Washington urged blacks and whites in the South to work together to build the region’s economy. He argued blacks should tacitly accept restrictions on their civil rights. Read the speech here. The speech crystallized Wasington’s view on racial compromise, a view that would later be openly challenged by W.E.B. Du Bois, then a professor in Atlanta, in The Souls of Black Folk, published in 1903. The two views divided black political activists for years. During the “Red Summer” of 1919, Du Bois’s view — which urged black people to fight for political and legal equality — quickly dominated black political activity and shaped civil rights activism for decades to come.