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College of the Mainland
Historian, Author to highlight MLK Celebration
News Release
Thursday, January 13, 2011

College of the Mainland will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with a multicultural event at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the college.

Guest speaker will be Devery Anderson, historian and researcher of the Emmett Till case. Anderson spoke at COM about the Till case in 2007, and will revisit the campus to provide an update on the case. He has made national and international presentations on the subject.

The lecture will be held in the Learning Resources Center Auditorium (L 131) at College of the Mainland, 1200 Amburn Rd., in Texas City.

A free lunch will be served following the 11 a.m. presentation.

Anderson is an independent writer and historian living in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a graduate in history from the University of Utah, and is the author of several articles and three books on Mormon history. Two of them, published in 2005, won the Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documentary from the Mormon History Association.

He has been studying the Emmett Till case since 1994 and has been writing a book on the subject. In 2008 he published the article, "A Wallet, A White Woman, and a Whistle: Fact and Fiction in Emmett Till's Encounter in Money, Mississippi," in the Southern Quarterly. He has appeared on national radio and spoken about the case in several states over the past five years.

His research includes extensive archival and newspaper research, interviewing all of the surviving players in the case, including witnesses, trial participants, journalists and others.

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