Switzer Library’s Monday Evening Lecture program on February 16 is Sunflower Spirit – Love Has No Color, a presentation on the legacy of civil rights activist Charlie Scattergood by historian Zellie Rainey Orr. The program starts at 7 p.m.
Charlie Scattergood was a white non-violent civil rights activist involved in the 1960s civil rights demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and “shop-ins.” He went to the Mississippi Delta’s Sunflower County in 1964 early in the Freedom Summer movement and remained there for more than a year. Scattergood was involved in voter registration and desegregation of public facilities in the Delta region, enduring violent attacks against him and his fellow activists.
Zellie Rainey Orr was one of the first black students to integrate Indianola High School in Sunflower County. Orr is recognized as a tireless and skilled researcher. She is the author of “Heroes in War – Heroes at Home: First Top Guns,” a book on the Tuskegee Airmen.
She first met Scattergood during Freedom Summer. Three decades later, they were engaged. He was killed in a traffic accident in 1999 months before they were to be married.
The February 16 program is the third in the Monday Evening Lecture series in February on African American History Month themes. The public is invited and the program is free.
The final Monday Evening Lecture in the February series at Switzer Library is Race Relations and Strategies for Change in the Post-Civil Rights Era on February 23, 7 p.m., by Dr. Seneca Vaught of Kennesaw State University.
Switzer Library is located at 266 Roswell Street, Marietta.
For more information on upcoming events at the Cobb County libraries, visit www.cobbcat.org/events.