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Scarborough Society sponsors presentation by Shepherd professor and historian
ISSUED: 30 September 2009
Shepherdstown, WV--The Scarborough Society of Shepherd University, as part of its free lecture series, will sponsor a program featuring Dr. Raymond Smock on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. in the Scarborough Library reading room. Dr. Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd, will discuss his new book Booker T. Washington: Black Leadership in the Age of Jim Crow. Dr. Smock will also discuss how he came to be interested in Washington's career. The program is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.
Dr. Smock spent 20 years working on the papers of Booker T. Washington, the African American educator, race leader, and advisor to three U. S. presidents, and the most well-known black person in the world at the beginning of the 20th century. Along with Louis Harlan, Smock edited 14 volumes of Washington's correspondence. His book, published in July, is an interpretive biography that places Booker T. Washington in the context of his times and explains his public and secret efforts to improve the conditions of African Americans just one generation out of slavery, during the time of Jim Crow. Smock is a member of the Scarborough Society board of directors and serves on the board of the West Virginia Humanities Council.
The Scarborough Society is a friends of the library organization established in 2002 by the Shepherd University Foundation. Its annual membership dues help support library acquisitions, technology, and programs. Membership is open to all interested supporters of the Scarborough Library. For further information about the lecture series or the Scarborough Society, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397.
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