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Best of Enemies: A Talk with Osha Gray Davidson

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Osha Gray Davidson's book Best of Enemies is about the relationship between the civil rights activist Ann Atwater and her nemesis, C. P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan. The events in the book took place in 1971 in Durham, North Carolina, over the issue of school integration. Davidson spoke with Curator of Education Rodney Dawson during his fall 2019 visit to Greensboro as part of the Greensboro Public Library's One City One Book. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


2 Mar 2020

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Ep. 41. Osha Gray Davidson on The Best of Enemies, the Story of Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis

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The unlikely friendship of black community activist Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis, the Exalted Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, brought together to co-chair a series of meetings about the desegregation of Durham Public Schools in 1971, seems extraordinary. And it must have seemed that way also to writer Osha Gray Davidson who documented Ann and CPs story in his book THE BEST OF ENEMIES: RACE AND REDEMPTION IN THE NEW SOUTH published by The University of North Carolina Press. Davidson’s book inspired the movie and a play written by Mark St. Germain. Davidson was in Durham to see the North Carolina Central University Theatre production of the play. It was his first time seeing it live and said the fact that he got to see it in Durham, just over a mile north from where the community meetings to desegregate Durham’s Public School took place. He called the experience pretty mind-blowing. “I miss Ann and C.P.,” he told the cast in a talkback afterward. “So, seeing them together was emotional because they’re real people to me.”Davidson’s book The Best of Enemies is available from Apple Books or Amazon.About the GuestsOsha Gray Davidson is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and photographer. He has written six books of non-fiction, including “The Best of Enemies” which was a finalist for the NYPL’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. The film adaptation of “Best of Enemies” starring Sam Rockwell and Taraji Henson was released in April of 2019. Davidson’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Mother Jones, and Rolling Stone.Ruby Christmas is a Durham native who says she knew Ann Atwater and worked with her on several boards in Durham including, Operation Breakthrough, Head Start, and the Sickle Cell Foundation. She attended one of the first community meetings in Durham about desegregating Durham Public Schools in 1971.Connect with RDU on StageFacebook – @rduonstageTwitter – @rduonstageInstagram – @rduonstageWeb www.rduonstage.comJoin the club, become a Patron.


12 Oct 2019

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Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson

Read Watch & Wine

In this Podcast, the ladies of Read Watch & Wine discuss the book/movie Best of Enemies. The ladies have lots of strong opinions on the adaptation of this book. But you have to tune in to see the actual rating. Will this book/movie get a full glass of wine for each one of them? Hmm... you gotta listen to find out. Best of Enemies book was written by Osha Gray DavidsonThe movie screenplay was written by Robin Bissell and she also directed the movie.


29 May 2019

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Osha Gray Davidson

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6 Aug 2013

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Free Forum with Terrence McNally

Aired 1/6/13 In the year 2000, Germany got 6% of its energy from renewables. That's about what we get in the US today. But today Germany gets 25% of its electricity from solar, wind and biomass. And Germany is not exactly the American Southwest. Perhaps just as impressive and important, 65% of the country's renewable power capacity is owned by individuals, cooperatives and communities. Clean and decentralized. I'll be talking with Osha Gray Davidson about how they did it and what we can learn from their story. Osha is new to me, but I contacted him immediately as soon as I saw his new book CLEAN BREAK: The Story of Germany's Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It. As anyone who listens to this show knows, I feel one of the crucial elements in America's sluggish response to many of our biggest challenges is our ignorance about what other countries do well.


11 Jan 2013