|February 13, 2019||
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The public is invited to a book talk by Jessica Wilkerson, author of
To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice, on Wednesday, February 13 at 4 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall
Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill.
Jessica Wilkerson tells their stories within the larger drama of efforts to enact change in the 1960s and 1970s. She shows white Appalachian women acting as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots
war on poverty--shaping and sustaining programs, engaging in ideological debates, offering fresh visions of democratic participation, and facing personal political struggles. Their insistence that caregiving was valuable labor clashed with entrenched attitudes
and rising criticisms of welfare. Their persistence, meanwhile, brought them into unlikely coalitions with black women, disabled miners, and others to fight for causes that ranged from poor people's rights to community health to unionization.
Jessica Wilkerson is an assistant professor of history and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi.
The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn. For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903
or visit www.auburn.edu/cah.