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Durham County Library Remembers Freedom Summer with Bob Zellner

Program: Meet the Author: Dr. Bob Zellner
Date: Sunday, August 17
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Dr. Bob Zellner, historian and civil rights activist, for a reading and discussion of his memoir, The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St. The event is in remembrance of Freedom Summer.

The son and grandson of Klansmen, Zellner became the first white southerner to serve as a field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was insulted, violently attacked, beaten unconscious and arrested 18 times.

When SNCC became an all black organization in 1967, Zellner joined SCEF, the Southern Conference Educational Fund to organize an anti-racism project for black and white workers in the Deep South. In the early 1990s, studying at Tulane University for a Ph.D. in History, Zellner wrote a dissertation on the Southern civil rights movement. While working on the dissertation, he taught the History of Activism at Rosemont College and Southampton College of Long Island University with Julian Bond, now the National NAACP Chairman, with whom Zellner organized the National Civil Rights Coordinating Committee.

Reviled by some but admired and revered by many, Zellner describes how he began protesting on behalf of social change and equal rights, and how decades later he still continues to struggle. A book signing will follow the discussion.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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