On September 30, Piedmont College is hosting Lillian Smith Day in Demorest, Georgia in commemoration of her life and influence. The events will include a book signings by Dr. Lisa Hodgens and Dr. Margaret Rose Gladney, editors of A Lillian Smith Reader. There will also be an art exhibit presented by Tommye Scanlin, and guest scholar presentations from Dr. John Inscoe, professor of History at Georgia University and from other professors of English and Southern studies.
Georgia author Lillian Smith was best known for speaking out on racial equality in the South during the 1940s. Her novel Strange Fruit, about a white man who falls in love with a black woman, was a fiction bestseller in its day for displaying the depth of the racial issues of the day. Her nonfiction work, Killers of the Dream, later created controversies that later led her to create the Laurel Falls Camp for young, privileged white girls to teach them about racial equality. Today, the Lillian E. Smith Center in Clayton, Georgia continues the work begun by its namesake.
The Lillian Smith Day event is free, but you must register in order to attend.