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Renowned Southern author John Egerton set to speak at Cumberland University
LEBANON, Tenn. – Renowned Southern author John Egerton will speak Tuesday, February 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the K-Room at Cumberland University as part of the continuing Second Cup of Coffee lecture series. Egerton’s topic for discussion will be, “Why is the first Black President not from the South.”
Born in Atlanta during the Depression, Egerton’s family settled in Cadiz, Ky., where he graduated high school. He attended Western Kentucky University before spending two-plus years in the US Army. Egerton received a bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Kentucky and worked in the Public Relations office at UK and at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
He moved to Nashville in 1965, serving as a magazine staff writer for Southern Education Report and its successor, Race Relations Reporter, for six years. He then began a career of freelance writing that has included 20 nonfiction books, dealing mostly with education, desegregation, civil rights and the American South, particularly its food. Among his best-known books are "The Americanization of Dixie," "Generations: An American Family," "Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History," and "Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation before the Civil Rights Movement in the South."
He has won numerous awards for his publications, including the Lillian Smith Award for nonfiction presented by the Southern Council, and the W.D. Weatherford Award presented by Berea College. In addition, he has written articles for The York Times Magazine and numerous other publications.
“John Egerton is widely known for his love of the South and its uniqueness,” said Monty Pope, programming director for the Second Cup of Coffee lecture series. “Many call him one of the greatest Southern writers who captures the rich feel for the South and the histories of its people.”
The lecture is free and open to the public.