Wednesday, 15 February 2006

Taylor Branch on tour for Black History Month

Last October when The Amazing Race passed through Anniston, Alabama, I “talked in my”column”:/blog/archives/000862.html about what had happened when one of the first of the “Freedom Rides” passed through Anniston in 1961, and Anniston’s significance in the movement for civil rights for African-Americans.

I quoted at length from the historian Taylor Branch’s “Parting the Waters”, the first volume of his trilogy on “America in the King Years”. And I got more positive feedback about that column than about any almost any of my others in 8 seasons of the reality television show about travel around the world.

Taylor Branch’s trilogy — not purely a biography, but a larger social history of the context of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life — has just been completed with the publication of “At Canaan’s Edge”. I look forward to reading it.

It’s Black History Month, and Taylor Branch is on tour to talk about his new book, the series as a whole, and, most importantly, the significance of the story it tells. This isn’t “just” Black history, folks. This is American history of importance to us all, just as the history of the struggle against apartheid is South African history of importance to people of all races.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, you can pay to hear Taylor Branch speak at the Commonwealth Club at noon on Friday, 24 February, or hear him for free that evening at the reincarnated Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park or Saturday, 25 February at Book Passage in Marin. The complete schedule for the national tour is one his Web site.

Link | Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 07:19 ( 7:19 AM)
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