The Auburn Public Library is pleased to host a Read AL 200 Fall Author Series to celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial in 2019. Through the generous support of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, the Auburn Public Library will host five Alabama authors this fall beginning in August and wrapping up in October on select afternoons at 4 p.m. in the Library’s conference room.
A native of Montgomery, Dr. Richard Bailey received his BS and MEd from Alabama State University in 1971 and 1972, an MA from Atlanta University in 1973, and the doctor of philosophy from Kansas State University in 1984. His research and speeches have focused on Alabama Reconstruction and Alabama African American history. His Neither Carpetbagger Nor Scalawags: Black Officeholders during the Reconstruction of Alabama, 1867-1878 marked only the second occasion in state history that a book by an African American was adopted by the state board of education as a supplemental text for classroom use. Another publication, They Too Call Alabama Home: African American Profiles, 1800–1999, takes a first-ever glance at state history. His thirty-year career with the civil service ended with his retirement from Maxwell Air Force Base in 2011.