Monday, July 29, 2019

McAuliffe comes to Detroit

Terry McAuliffe - Creative Commons photo by Edward Kimmel
The former governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, will speak at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library (5201 Woodward Ave. in Midtown). This event will happen this Wednesday, July 31 from noon to 2 pm. He will discuss his new book Beyond Charlottesville: Taking A Stand Against White Nationalism.

In his book, Terry McAuliffe tells his behind-the-scenes story of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in three deaths, at least 33 nonfatal injuries, and 11 arrests by police. He will also share his thoughts on how Americans can prevent other Charlottesvilles from happening.

The former governor uses Beyond Charlottesville to look at the forces and events that led to the tragedy, including the murder of Heather Heyer and the death of two state troopers in a helicopter accident.

He doesn’t whitewash Virginia history and discusses a KKK protest over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Terry McAuliffe takes a hard look at the actions of everyone on that day, including himself, to see what could have been done.

I believe that Beyond Charlottesville will be one of the definitive accounts of an infamous chapter in American history; a book that will be cited for years as a reference point in the fight against racism, extremism, and hatred.

This event is a part of the Detroit Public Library's author series, which connects Detroiters to some of the prominent writers and issues of our time. Terry McAullife's address is free and open to the public although attendees are asked to RSVP online by clicking here.

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