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Join us as best-selling author Samuel Freedman discusses his latest literary work, "Into the Bright Sunshine: Young Hubert Humphrey and the Fight for Civil Rights." The talk is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 12, at 6:00 PM at the Louisiana State Archives.
"Into the Bright Sunshine" is a compelling narrative that explores a pivotal moment in American history, where the Democratic Party grappled with the crucial issue of civil rights during the 1948 national convention in Philadelphia. In his account, Freedman chronicles the impassioned plea delivered by Hubert Humphrey, the then relatively obscure mayor of Minneapolis, which pushed the party to embrace the cause of civil rights.
Freedman's meticulously researched book sheds light on Humphrey's journey from a remote, all-white South Dakota hamlet to the mayor's office in Minneapolis, where he confronted deep-seated racism and anti-Semitism. Through Humphrey's tireless advocacy for multiracial democracy and the allies who stood by his side, the book tells a story of courage and determination in the face of formidable adversaries, including white supremacists and America Firsters.
Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning professor, columnist, and author of nine acclaimed books, brings this pivotal moment in civil rights history to life. He has a distinguished career that includes reporting for The New York Times and receiving numerous accolades for his columns on education and religion. As a professor of journalism at Columbia University, Freedman has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to journalism education.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from Sam Freedman as he discusses "Into the Bright Sunshine" and sheds light on the early life and enduring legacy of Hubert Humphrey.
This event is free and open to the public.