Renowned African-American author Clifton Taulbert will headline The University of Southern Mississippi’s Black History Month programming when he will be the guest speaker for the annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Series Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.
The lecture series is named for the university’s first two African-American students, Gwendolyn Elaine Armstrong and Raylawni Branch.
Taulbert, a Mississippi native, is the author of the acclaimed “Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored,” a memoir of his life growing up in the Mississippi Delta during the civil rights movement. He also wrote the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “The Last Train North” in which he shares, among other stories, two life changing experiences – his decision to leave his native Mississippi Delta to join the Air Force and meeting his father for the first time.
He is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Literature and a Mississippi Arts and Letters Award for Nonfiction. He was also named one of America’s outstanding black entrepreneurs by Time magazine.
Black History Month activities at Southern Miss include the following:
For more information about Black History Month programming at Southern Miss, contact Valencia Walls at 601.266.5057 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.