U.S. Civil Rights Author at the Library on Wednesday

The Greater Topeka Partnership contacted us about hosting author Lee Sentell at the library this week.  This has been a quick turn-around, but thanks to Autumn, Debbie, Bonnie, Karen and Donna Rae, the library will present its first (in-person) author talk by Lee Sentell, author of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail on July 28, 3:30 pm in Marvin Auditorium. He describes this event as a discussion with the audience, answering questions–not so much a lecture. Donna Rae is the program liaison for the event.

And, he is giving away copies of the book!  Here are the details:

Author Lee Sentell to Discuss THE U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL

 The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) is pleased to offer an encore presentation by Lee Sentell, author, Alabama Tourism Department Director, and U.S. Civil Rights Trail co-founder, on Wednesday, July 28, 3:30 pm in Marvin Auditorium 101C. Sentell begins his book signing tour at the Brown V. Board of Education National Historic Site on Tuesday.

At the library on Wednesday afternoon, Sentell will lead a discussion with the audience and provide the audience with free copies of his new book, The Official United States Civil Rights Trail, which details the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the role that sites on the trail played then and now in the pursuit of social justice.

“The Civil Rights Trail begins with the site of school integration, here in Topeka, Kansas,” Sentell said. “This is why it was my intent to begin the book tour here to chart the history and follow the trail to pay homage to the sites and showcase the journey.”

“Topeka has played a historic role in our country’s pursuit of civil rights,” Sean Dixon, president of Visit Topeka, said. “The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is an important heritage site which draws in visitors from all over the world. This book, and Sentell’s selection of Topeka as a community to visit, will allow a broader audience to learn from the lessons of Brown V. Board.”


The U.S. Civil Rights Trail highlights more than 100 locations across 15 states, mainly in the South and Midwest. The trail traces the decades-long journey – beginning in the mid-20th century – that resulted in tragedy and triumph and culminated in landmark federal civil rights legislation. Visit https://civilrightstrail.com/.

Questions: Autumn Friedli, Readers Supervisor
Telephone: 785-580-4527
Email: afriedli@tscpl.org

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