Author Event | Mississippi's Exiled Daughter
Thursday September 27, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Grade 6 - Adult
Join Authors Brenda Travis and John Obee as they discuss their new book, Mississippi's Exiled Daughter: How My Civil Rights Baptism Under Fire Shaped My Life.
Mississippi’s Exiled Daughter is the riveting story of how the Civil Rights Movement first came to McComb, Mississippi, one of the most violent and segregated towns in a violent, segregated State.
In 1961, 16-year-old Brenda Travis was a youth leader of the NAACP branch in her hometown of McComb. She joined in the early stages of voter registration, and when the Freedom Rides and direct action reached the town, she and two SNCC workers sat-in at the local bus station. That led to her first arrest and jailing, which resulted in her being expelled and leading a protest walkout from her high school. Thrown in jail for a second time, she was eventually released on the condition that she leave the state. Her poignant memoir describes what gave her the courage at such a young age to fight segregation, how the movement unfolded in Mississippi, and what happened after she was forced to leave her family, friends, and fellow activists.
This event is a partnership with the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan. The mission of the FHC is to end discrimination in housing and public accommodations and to promote accessible, integrated communities. The program includes a book signing and books will be available for purchase.