Kegley Lecture Series

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Margaret Edds, retired political and editorial writer and columnist for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, will speak on " The Letters of Oliver and Bernie Hill; the Roanoke Origins of a Legendary Civil Rights Lawyer,." for a Black History Month lecture. She is working on a biography of Oliver Hill, who lived in Roanoke, and Spottswood Robinson, the most significant legal team in the South in the 1940s and '50s.


Grace Toney Edwards, professor emeritus of English and Appalachian studies at Radford University, and her husband, John C. Nemeth, will talk about Edith Bolling Wilson, Wytheville native who married President Woodrow Wilson, in a presentation on "Edith Bolling Wilson, Secret President." Dr. Edwards, founder of the Appalachian Regional Studies Center and chair of the interdisciplinary Appalachian Studies Program at Radford, retired after 30 years at the university. She holds many scholarship awards.

Margaret Sue Turner

Margaret Sue Turner Wright of Roanoke will tell us about her late father, Curtis Turner, 1924-1970, one of the first prominent NASCAR drivers, a native of Floyd County. She has written a book, "Curtis Turner Racing Stats," and she plans to show excerpts of a film, "Hey Pop," about him. Turner was labeled "King of the Wild Road" by Sports Illustrated.