Palmer Lecture on Human Rights
The annual Palmer Lecture on Human Rights will be Friday, Nov. 9. The Palmer Lecture was established in 1983 in honor of Rev. Robert C. Palmer, FUUN’s first called minister and a social activist who worked on nuclear disarmament, the United Nations, and most especially the Civil Rights movement. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with light refreshments provided in the social hall. A reception will follow the lecture, and childcare will be provided.
This year’s speaker will be Bill Carey, author of Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee. Carey will talk about all the myths that his book begins to dispel about our history and what he thinks we need to do about it now.
He is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, who spent five years as a flight officer in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1987. Carey worked as a reporter in Nashville through most of the 1990s.
He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Tennessee History for Kids, a non-profit that was established in 2004 to provide history and civics teaching materials in Tennessee’s public schools. Their Tennessee History for Kids booklets are the most used resource for Tennessee history and social studies across grades from one to eight and even in the state. Thousands of teachers use their booklets, website and videos.
Carey’s other six books include Fortunes Fiddles and Fried Chicken: A Nashville Business History and Chancellors, Commodores and Coeds: A History of Vanderbilt University.
Members and friends, please consider bringing an appetizer for the reception.