’Little Rock Nine’ Member to Speak, Sign Copies of New Book Sept. 3

Carlotta LaNier, a member of the "Little Rock Nine" who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, will be on campus to speak, read passages and sign copies of her recently published memoirs, "A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School."

The event, open to the public free of charge, will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in Michener Library, south of the intersection of 14th Avenue and 20th Street. Free parking will be available in designated lots west of the library.

UNC President Kay Norton will introduce LaNier after a welcome by Dean of University Libraries Gary Pitkin. A reception and book signing will follow LaNier's remarks. Refreshments of punch and cookies will be provided.

LaNier, who graduated from UNC in 1968, owns a realty company she founded and is a member of UNC's Board of Trustees. Among LaNier's numerous awards is the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award, presented to her by President Bill Clinton, who wrote the foreword in LaNier's book.

For more about LaNier's memoir, visit Random House.