Bob Zellner at CSUMB University Center
- When: Monday, February 28, 2011, 7 p.m.
- Where: CSUMB University Center, Seaside
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Lectures
You will want to hear this man speak on the last day of Black History Month. The topic: "Reflections on 50 Years of Activism." And what a half-decade it's been the the nationally known civil rights activist. The grandson and son of Ku Klux Klan members, Zellner rejected his family's racism and instead gravitated toward the burgeoning college and young activists ramping up activity in and around his native Alabama, guided by their mentor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That led to Zollner's involvement in key Civil Rights movements like the Freedom Rider and Freedom Summer, which led to his getting beaten and arrested "18 times in seven states"—the medals and commendations of a soldier for peace and freedom. He elaborates on his story in his memoir The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement; will talk to Oprah for a show scheduled to air in May; and Spike Lee is shooting that memoir for a film. If this is the first you've heard of Bob Zellner, it sounds like it won't be the last. [WR]
7pm. CSUMB University Center, Sixth Avenue, Seaside. Free. 582-4645, www.csumb.edu/map.