An award-winning author and Columbia University journalism professor will be presenting a lecture next week on Hubert H. Humphrey, an American civil rights activist and former vice president.
The talk by Samuel G. Freedman will be held at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Academic II, Room 194.
Humphrey served as vice president under President Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War and ran for president against Richard Nixon in 1968. In the book, however, Freedman focuses on Humphrey’s early civil rights efforts.
“[Racial conflicts are] a timely issue, you know,” Freedman said. “The civil rights battle has not been won.”
The biography culminates with Humphrey’s successes at the 1948 Democratic Convention, where he pushed for a strong civil rights platform plank, marking a step forward in the fight against segregation.
“[It shows] how people can take their high ideals [about governments] and put them into practical use,” he said.
Freedman has written previously about racial issues, including “Upon This Rock” and “Breaking the Line.” He has also written a book on journalism, titled “Letters to a Young Journalist.”
FIU professor Neil Reisner said he assigns the latter book in some of his courses and urged students to attend the lecture.
“It’s an opportunity for journalism students to meet with an experienced reporter who remembers what it was like to be a beginner,” Reisner said. “A lot of students come in with romanticized illusions of the profession.”