01/31/11 10:52 am Age: 4 yrs

A Fighting Life

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By: Becky St. Clair

Humanities Washington speaker presents at WWU Feb. 1

Jim Kershner has been working in and reporting on the Northwest for around 30 years, and will speak on the topic of his book, "Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life," published in 2008.

The 2011 annual Humanities CommUnity is on Tuesday, February 1, at 11 a.m. in the University Church.  The speaker is Jim Kershner, one of Humanities Washington’s Inquiring Minds speakers bureau speakers for 2011.

Kershner has been a staff reporter for the Spokesman-Review, the newspaper in Spokane, Wash., for over 20 years and has written many articles on Spokane and eastern Washington history.  He is also a staff historian for historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington State history, and in 2008 he published the biography, “Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life.”  He has since delivered many talks on Maxey, including presentations at the Northwest African-American Museum in Seattle and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane.  

On Tuesday, Kershner will tell Maxey’s story in “A Fighting Life: A Boxer-Turned-Lawyer Battles for Civil Rights.” Despite being kicked out of a Spokane orphanage during the Great Depressions because of his skin color, Maxey went on to become an undefeated boxing champion.  According to Kershner’s profile on humanities.org, the story is “a compelling personal drama that demonstrates how one person’s powerful belief in social justice and a pugnacious fighter’s attitude can make a significant difference.”

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information email dan.lamberton[at]wallawalla[dot]edu. 


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