The Regulator welcomes Jerry Gershenhorn, author of Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle. Louis Austin was a transformative leader of the long black freedom struggle in North Carolina. From 1927 to 1971, he published and edited the Carolina Times, the preeminent black newspaper in the state. He used the power of the press to voice the anger of black Carolinians, and to turn that anger into action in a forty-year crusade for freedom. In examining Austin’s life, Gershenhorn narrates the story of the long black freedom struggle in North Carolina from a new vantage point, shedding new light on the vitality of black protest and the black press in the twentieth century. For more information: https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469638768/louis-austin-and-the-carolina-times/
Jerry Gershenhorn is Julius L. Chambers Professor of History at North Carolina Central University.