965 Winter 2019 Overcoming Racial Amnesia
Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Feb. 6
Fairfax Lord of Life
Instructor: Bill Sizemore
Bill Sizemore tells the story of how he discovered late in life that his Virginia ancestors were slave owners, a story that lay buried by a century of denial and historical amnesia. Its threads run through the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, the struggle for civil rights, and the crippling legacy of slavery that still plagues the nation today. Sizemore has written a book about it: Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery. In microcosm, it is the story of Virginia and the South. In telling it, Sizemore hopes to advance an essential, if painful, national conversation about race.
Bill Sizemore grew up in segregated small-town Virginia and spent 43 years as a journalist, most of that time at The Virginian-Pilot, the state's largest newspaper, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007. Since his retirement in 2014, he has written two books.