Senator Strom Thurmond was notorious for his ardent support of racial segregation during his time in office. One can imagine the shock, then, when it was revealed he fathered a child with one of his family’s black servants. Recorded live at the 92nd Street Y, Dr. Gail Saltz hosts the late Senator’s daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, for an illuminating and thought-provoking conversation on race, Southern life, and Strom Thurmond the Senator versus Strom Thurmond the father. This rare look at race relations and the life of Thurmond is not to be missed.
This event took place on January 30, 2006.