4/11/2017

Lawrence Public Library and Freedom’s Frontier Welcome New York Times Bestselling Author Tanner Colby to Lawrence

Lawrence Public Library News Release



Contact: Kathleen Morgan
Phone: (785) 843-3833 x131 or (785) 766-5875
Email: kmorgan@lplks.org

Lawrence Public Library and Freedom’s Frontier Welcome
New York Times Bestselling Author Tanner Colby to Lawrence


(LAWRENCE, KS) Lawrence Public Library and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area announced today that Tanner Colby, author of Some of My Best Friends are Black: the Strange Story of Integration in America, will visit Lawrence on Wednesday, April 19. Colby will discuss his book with Dr. Clarence Lang, chair of KU’s African and African American Studies Department at 7:30 pm at Plymouth Church, 925 Vermont Street.

“We are very fortunate to have Tanner Colby coming to Lawrence,” said Brad Allen, executive director of Lawrence Public Library. “His book offers an honest portrait of race in America, and specifically traces the history of housing discrimination in Kansas City neighborhoods.”

Some of My Best Friends are Black was nominated for the American Library Association's 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-Fiction. Colby’s visit is made possible through a grant from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and is presented in partnership with Johnson County Library, Race Project KC, KU’s Langston Hughes Center, and the Raven Bookstore.

“The mission of Freedom’s Frontier is to tell the stories of our struggle for freedom,” said Jim Ogle, Freedom’s Frontier executive director. “Given the struggles of racism and segregation that still affect our country, Tanner Colby tells an important story that we all must continue to talk about so we can work together to find solutions.”

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