Newspaperman BRANDT AYERS in Conversation with Asheville Citizen-Times Publisher RANDY HAMMER
August 1 at 7PM “Clear eyed and perceptive, grounded in community and global in outlook,Brandt Ayers has spent a brave lifetime of commentary calling his beloved South toredemption. Now, summarizing that lifetime as a family newspaperman in Anniston,Alabama, Ayers eloquently insists that the road, though rocky, has been up,and that South and nation are more nearly one than at any time sincethe founding of the Republic. ” — Hodding Carter III, Professor of Leadership and Public Policy,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Description Montgomery, Alabama: The journey of writer and publisher H. Brandt Ayers,inspirationally told in In Love With Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal, takes himfrom the segregated Old South to a newly minted civilization, the New South, in whichhe had a leadership role. As a young reporter and and editor, he covered the crucible ofthe civil rights struggle in Raleigh, Washington, and—as editor of his family’snewspaper The Anniston Star—in his own hometown.Ayers’s journey was one of controversy and danger, including coverage of a racistnight-rider murder and taut moments when the community teetered on the edge ofmob violence. His narrative has outsized figures from U. S. Attorney General RobertKennedy to George Wallace. An afterword to his book bridges the years from thedisappearance of the New South in the 1980s to Barack Obama’s first term.
About the Author From the late 19th century to the early 21st, the Ayers name has been synonymous with progressive journalism. Brandt Ayers, the current publisher of the Anniston Star, graduated from the University of Alabama and later studied at Harvard and Columbia. He served as Washington correspondent for the Raleigh Times (now the Raleigh News & Observer) and covered Robert Kennedy's Justice Department for a news bureau serving newspapers in the South and the Southwest. He later led the Star during the civil-rights era. He was founder and president of the L. Q. C. Lamar Society, an institutional expression of the New South movement.
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