History Museum of Mobile February Learning Lunch with Dr. Derryn Moten

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Date(s) - February 13, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

History Museum of Mobile


The History Museum of Mobile will hold a Learning Lunch on Wednesday, February 13, at 12pm featuring author and historian Dr. Derryn Moten. He will discuss L.D. Reddick’s, Crusader Without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his efforts to get it republished for its 60th anniversary.

Derryn E. Moten is a professor of history and the chair of the History and Political Science Department at Alabama State University. Moten received his doctorate at the University of Iowa in American Studies. His 1997 Iowa dissertation “A Gruesome Warning to Black Girls: The August 16, 1912 execution of Virginia Christian,” provided the inspiration for Forsaken, a novel by Ross Howell, Jr. Moten is a local co-president for the American Federation of Teachers and is vice chair of the AFT Higher Education Policy and Planning Council. He is also a vice president for the Alabama AFL-CIO. He lives in Montgomery, Alabama.

Published to critical acclaim in 1959 and long out of print, Crusader Without Violence was the first biography of the dynamic leader who emerged from the 1955–56 Montgomery Bus Boycott as the spokesman of the twentieth century American civil rights movement. NewSouth’s 60th Anniversary Edition, with a new introduction containing biographical details about its author, returns to general circulation a valuable, rare, and engaging account of Martin Luther King Jr. before he became an American phenomenon.

The History Museum of Mobile invites the general public to attend the free Learning Lunch lecture series. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy a presentation on a historical or cultural topic. For more information on Learning Lunch, contact Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at (251) 301-0270 or by email at theeckj@historymuseumofmobile.com.