The public is invited to “They Too Call Alabama Home: African Americans and the Bicentennial,” a talk by Dr. Richard Bailey, on Thursday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill.
African Americans with ties to Alabama have made a significant contribution to the state, nation, and world, and the Bicentennial provides an excellent medium to highlight their achievements in such areas as business, education, entertainment, military affairs, religion, and sports. “They Too Call Alabama Home” features a local flavor by focusing on some persons who may not have attracted national or international attention. Equally of note, the presentation will rely on audience feedback to showcase area persons who have escaped local notoriety.
A native of Montgomery, Richard Bailey received his BS and MEd from Alabama State University in 1971 and 1972, an MA from Atlanta University in 1973, and a PhD from Kansas State University in 1984. His research focuses on Alabama Reconstruction and Alabama African American history. He is the author of Neither Carpetbagger nor Scalawags: Black Officeholders during the Reconstruction of Alabama, 1867-1878 and They Too Call Alabama Home: African American Profiles, 1800-1999. His thirty-year career with the civil service ended with his retirement from Maxwell Air Force Base in 2011.
The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. 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.