The DC Public Library is excited to host a virtual author talk featuring Deborah Douglass on her award-winning book U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places, and Events that Made the Movement with Linda Chrichlow White. The two scholars will discuss the inspiration for the book and the research needed to tell these stories. Learn more below and join us on YouTube, Facebook, and twitter at 7 pm.
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About the Author
DEBORAH D. DOUGLAS is co-editor in chief of The Emancipator. She served as the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor at DePauw University, senior leader with The OpEd Project, amplifying underrepresented expert voices, and founding managing editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism. While teaching at Northwestern University, she spearheaded a graduate investigative journalism capstone on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and taught best practices in Karachi, Pakistan. Douglas’ adventures in thought leadership were seeded at the Chicago Sun-Times, where she served as Deputy Editorial Page Editor/Columnist.
Deborah is author of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places, and Events That Made the Movement”(Moon, 2021), the first-ever travel guide to follow the official civil rights trail in the South, and a contributor to Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 (OneWorld, 2021). Among her many recognitions, she received Chicago’s prestigious Studs Terkel Award and the Society of American Travel Writers 2021 Guidebook of the Year.
Linda Crichlow White, native Washingtonian and retired School Librarian, is the immediate past- president of the James Dent Walker Chapter (DC) of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Having had the responsibility of cleaning out the homes of several elder family members and discovering photos, diaries, letters and other historical documents, Linda believes that family history is key to understanding our collective history. As Henry Louis Gates states, as we do our family trees, we add specificity to the raw data from which historians can generalize. Linda has been volunteering at the National Museum of African American History and Culture since it opened, working primarily in the Family History Center there. She is the author, with her mother, of Back There Then, a Historical and Genealogical Memoir.