Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads & MLK Day Event: Professor Roy E Finkenbine: Searching for Jordan Anderson: A Personal Journey Into Race And Slavery In America
Monday January 21, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Jordan Anderson, an African-American who moved to Ohio when he was freed from slavery in 1864, is famous for his "Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master," addressed in response to a request from his former master that Jordan return to help restore the farm after the Civil War. The letter became an immediate media sensation.
Professor Roy E Finkenbine, Chair of History at Detroit Mercy College, is a specialist on slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad, and is writing a biography on Anderson and the famous letter.
Join us on MLK Day as Dr. Finkenbine discusses his search for information about Anderson's fascinating life and the history of the famous letter. He will also share his personal experiences involving the heritage of race and slavery in America while on this research journey.