Read Across Lawrence: Forum with Alex Heard at the Dole Institute


  • Categories: Literary
  • Event posted: March 25, 2011
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

Author Alex Heard will discuss his book, "The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex and Secrets in the Jim Crow South," at the KU Dole Institute located on Petefish Drive. Hailed by many reviewers as a true life version of "To Kill a Mockingbird," T"he Eyes of Willie McGee" is a provocative and gripping study that exposes the roiling tensions of the early civil rights era. Willie McGee, a black man, was accused of raping a white woman in a small Southern town during the Jim Crow era. Although luminaries such as William Faulkner, Albert Einstein and Josephine Baker spoke out for Willie McGee, he was found guilty and sentenced to death by electric chair.


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