• Author B.J. Hollars to speak at UWA's Land Hall

    Posted: March 13, 2013

    Author: Gena Robbins

     B.J. Hollars, author of Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America will speak at Land Hall on the University of West Alabama campus at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 18.

    Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America recounts the story of three innocent victims: Vaudine Maddox in 1933 in Tuscaloosa, Sergeant Gene Ballard in 1979 in Birmingham, and Michael Donald in 1981 in Mobile.

    While tracing the relationships among these murders, B. J. Hollars' research led him deep into the heart of Alabama’s racial, political, and legal landscapes. A work of literary journalism, Thirteen Loops draws upon rarely examined primary sources, court documents, newspaper reports, and first-hand accounts in an effort to unravel the twisted tale of a pair of interconnected murders that forever altered United States' race relations.

    For more information, contact Dr. Valerie Burnes or call 205-652-3829.
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