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Feb 27th

Buried Truths Live: Civil Rights in the Shoals

  • Location: Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
  • 350 N. Wood Avenue
  • Florence, AL 35630
  • Time:
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Buried Truths Live: Civil Rights in the Shoals

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The Shoals area has a reputation for having experienced more peaceful race relations during the civil rights movement than much of the South. But does that reputation tell the whole story? Hank Klibanoff—Pulitzer Prize-winning author, veteran journalist, and now professor—and Sherhonda Allen—journalist for the TimesDaily—will explore this question as they co-host a live recording of an episode for Klibanoff’s Peabody-winning podcast "Buried Truths."

Hank, a white man, was a student at Coffee High School when the schools of Florence integrated. Sherhonda, an African American woman, started school at Brooks Elementary shortly after the onset of integration. Through discussion, interviews, and Q&A, Hank and Sherhonda will explore the Black and White experience in the Shoals during the civil rights era and beyond, discussing topics such as integration, voting rights, and more. Audience members are encouraged to share their own stories and perspectives, as well.

"Buried Truths" is a narrative civil rights history podcast that investigates still-relevant stories of injustice, resilience, and racism in the American South. It is produced by NPR affiliate WABE in Atlanta. The first two seasons are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms.

This project is co-sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities; the UNA Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion; and the UNA Department of Communications.

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