Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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AUTHOR TO SHARE INSIGHTS ON CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE TRUMAN ERA
IN NEW AUTHOR SERIES AT THE TRUMAN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM & LIBRARY

Michael Gardner, author of "Harry Truman and Civil Rights" launches series Thursday, February 28

Independence, MO -- February 11, 2002- Civil rights and the Truman Era will be the topic of discussion at a presentation by Michael Gardner at 7p.m. on Thursday, February 28, at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library. Gardner's newly published book, "Harry Truman and Civil Rights: Moral Courage and Political Risk," details the remarkable, yet largely under-appreciated role President Truman played in launching the federal civil rights movement which continues to unfold in America Today.

The lecture and book signing is an ongoing program hosted by the museum, which features nationally-renowned authors discussing historic and contemporary political and social issues. Gardner, a communications policy attorney in Washington, D.C., also serves as the pro bono Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute. In addition to these positions, for the past ten years, he has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

Gardner will be introduced by Truman Library Institue board member Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. Judge Gaitan was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to be a judge for the United States District Court for the Western District Court of Missouri. He is the first African-American to serve in the Western District. Gardner and Mike Devine, Truman Presidential Musuem & Library Director, will be appearing on KCUR's "Under the Clock" on Friday, March 1.

Other speakers in the Author's Series will be announced. Gardner's program is free with museum admission, but seating is limited. For reservations, call the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222. For more information on the series visit www.trumanlibrary.org.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and $3 for children 6-18 years old. For more information, call the 1-800-833-1225 or the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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