As a young journalist in Fayetteville, NC, Ben Justesen learned of a little-known North Carolina Congressman, George Henry White, whose life was inextricably connected to the issues of race, freedom and development for all the people of the state and the entire nation. His fascination became an obsession, and he has written four highly researched, information packed books on the life of this significant figure in U.S. history. Now, Ben is coming to visit the newly-completed George Henry White Memorial Health and Education Center, a living memorial to the legacy of the namesake. On Saturday, August 21, 2021, Justesen will speak to visitors about the tremendous role played by G.H. White in the development of the nation, especially about his most recent book, Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggle for Black Equality.
Besides signing books purchased at the time, Justesen will present the center with several other books he has written, including:
George Henry White, An Even Chance in the Race of Life;
In His Own Words, The Writings, Speeches and Letters of George Henry White;
Broken Brotherhood, The Rise and Fall of the National Afro-American Council
"We are thrilled to welcome the man who brought George Henry White's story to the ears and eyes of the current generation of Americans," said project leader, Vince Spaulding. "Now that we have built a place to carry on his legacy, it's truly fitting that our first event will lift up his story and to highlight the significance for our nation then and now."
Mr. Justesen will tour the center from 12 noon, and present some remarks at 1 p.m. with Q & A. Until 3 p.m., guest can purchase or peruse his books, get them signed, or take photos together.