This interview originally aired on June 28, 2015.
Marian Spencer was born in 1920 in Gallipolis, Ohio, one year after the Red Summer of 1919 that saw an upsurge in race riots and lynchings. Following the example of her grandfather, an ex-slave and community leader, Ms. Spencer joined the NAACP at thirteen and grew up to achieve not only a number of civic leadership firsts here in her adopted home of Cincinnati, but a legacy of lasting civil rights victories. Ohio University Press has just released the biography, Keep on Fighting: The Life and Civil Rights Legacy of Marian A. Spencer, written by Dorothy Christenson. She and Marian Spencer join us this afternoon.
Marian Spencer's 95th Birthday Open House & Book Signing will be on Saturday, June 27, from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the First Unitarian Church on Reading Rd. Reservations are requested, please send an email to MarianSpencerbooks@gmail.com, indicating how many people are in your party and whether you plan to purchase books.
Dorothy Christenson will be doing a reading and book signing at Joseph-Beth in Rookwood Commons, July 1 at 7:00 pm. For information, click here.