Pearl S. Buck and Her Civil Rights Legacy
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January 13, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
As part of Martin Luther King Jr. Week 2022, historian R. Scott Bomboy will give a special talk about author and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck’s early efforts to promote civil rights movement, in a virtual event in conjunction with Pearl S. Buck International.
Buck took a public stand against racism shortly before her return to the United States in the mid-1930s and then became a key civil rights supporter in a crucial time in the battle for racial equality. The curated talk will focus on Pearl S. Buck’s relationship with the press between 1934 and 1951 and her advocation for equal rights.
The talk also features a discussion about Buck’s role with National Urban League; her feud with the New York Times in 1941 over an editorial; her landmark Howard University speech in 1942; and Buck’s protests against segregated schools in Washington, D.C. The discussion also will cover parts of the FBI’s dossier on Buck related to her civil rights efforts.
Join us for a stimulating program featuring this newly uncovered civil rights research followed by a Q & A with the speaker and group topic discussions. This event is free and open to the public. It will be presented virtually online through Zoom. Registration required to receive Zoom link.