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“The White Man Who Stayed” Tells A Story Of Activism During The Civil Rights Era

John Vachon
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA
Drinking fountain on the county courthouse lawn, Halifax, North Carolina.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with author and poet James Autry.

Jim grew up in Mississippi at a time when the Deep South was segregated. He came of age during the Civil Rights movement and, like so many liberal minded white southerners, he moved north.

This summer, while so many Americans participated in a renewed movement for racial equality and social justice, Autry has been thinking about his cousin – Douglas Autry. Douglas did not move north, but rather stayed in the Deep South. He worked to integrate the local schools and created educational opportunities for all the children of Benton County, Mississippi. Jim writes about his cousin’s experience and life in the book, “The White Man Who Stayed.”


· Jim Autry, author, poet

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa