Plan to attend the Spring 2021 Wildacres Retreat* - April 26 - 29, 2021

Frye Gaillard has been awarded the 2021 Alabama Authors Award for Non-Fiction, presented annually by the Alabama Library Association, for his book A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s.  Interestingly, Frye also won this award 15 years ago for his book Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America.  Speaker Frye Gaillard, Writer in Residence at the University of South Alabama, is a former staff writer and Southern Editor at the Charlotte Observer. He is the author of more than 25 books, including A Hard Rain; The Dream Long Deferred; and Cradle of Freedom.

Program: Frye Gaillard will speak about his award-winning book, A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, examining the parallel story arcs of tragedy and hope, and reflecting on what we can learn from the struggles, turbulence and idealism of that era.

As a bonus session, Gaillard and his co-author Marti Rosner will also discuss their book for young readers, The Slave Who Went to Congress, about the lessons and missed opportunities of the earlier era of Reconstruction. The book tells the story of NC native Benjamin Sterling Turner, who spent the first 40 years of his life enslaved before becoming, in 1870, the first African-American member of Congress from Alabama, giving voice to ideals that later became popular in the civil rights era.

*The Wildacres Retreat facility will follow all governmental requirements, the recommendations of medical experts plus best cleaning and decontamination practices.

Senior Scholars Wildacres Retreat

Relaxing days of learning, reflection, fellowship, laughter, entertainment, solitude, sharing and hiking at this beautiful 1,400 acre wilderness retreat near the Blue Ridge Parkway in the spectacular mountains of western North Carolina.

Organized by: Wade Alley & Jim Renger

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