Jackson, WY- Teton County Library collaborates with Center of Wonder, Jackson Hole Community School, Teton County School District, Journeys, Teton County Education Foundation, Jackson Hole Community Foundation, Central Wyoming College and Off-Square Theatre Company to celebrate the enduring legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, through a series of events featuring 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King. All events are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday January 21, at 1:30 p.m., students from Jackson Hole Community School, Jackson Hole High School, Journeys and Summit join community members of all ages to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.‘s civil rights legacy. The Equality March will begin at Center for the Arts’ Cache Street entrance and end on the Town Square, where students, Mayor Mark Barron and author Gilbert King will give speeches to inspire and educate the community about racial injustice and the civil rights movement.
On Wednesday, January 22, at 6 p.m., in Teton County Library’s Ordway Auditorium, New York City-based author Gilbert King will present the story behind “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America,“ awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and nominated for an Edgar Award for the Best Fact Crime. This gripping account brings to light one of the most dramatic, untold stories in American legal history: the case of the Groveland Boys. This 1949 Lake County, Florida, case saw four black men falsely accused and convicted of raping a 17-year-old white woman. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson decried the case as “one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice.”
King received unprecedented permission from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to view the defense files from the case, was granted access to the FBI’s unredacted case files and traveled to the heart of central Florida to interview surviving witnesses and participants. King’s exhaustive research produced a “must-read, cannot-put-down history,” according to “New York Times” columnist Thomas Friedman. King, unaware that his publisher had submitted “Devil in the Grove” to the Pulitzer committee, was on a Florida golf course when he received a text message from an old friend that read, “Dude. Pulitzer.” Since then, the movie rights to “Devil in the Grove” have been acquired by Lionsgate, with a fast track for production.
A Q&A session and an author signing will follow his presentation, with copies available for purchase on-site from Valley Bookstore.
As a follow-up to King’s visit, community members are invite to participate in a book discussion about “Devil in the Grove” at Teton County Library’s Youth Auditorium on Wednesday, January 29, at 5:30 p.m. Free copies of the book are available now at the Library’s Front Desk.
You can find Teton County Library online at http://www.tclib.org, call us at 307.733.2164 or visit us at 125 Virginian Lane, Jackson WY, 83001.
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