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Julia Cass

"Southern Cross"
Author
Julia Cass was a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 19 years, covering murders, deinstitutionalization, trials and prisons. In the early 1980s, she was the Southern Bureau chief for the Inquirer stationed in New Orleans. In that post, she met J.L. Chestnut Jr., a lawyer who grew up in Selma in the 1930s and 40s and became its first black lawyer. Their book, "Black in Selma," published in 1990 won the American Bar Association award that year for the best book on the justice system. Julia went on to become the executive editor of the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina in the late 1990s. She then worked as an editor at the San Jose Mercury News before going freelance in the early 2000s. Since then, she has done extensive reporting for the Children's Defense Fund, done journalism trainings in Panama, Venezuela and Botswana and wrote scripts for a video project on the early detection of Autism. She and Chestnut co-wrote a suspense novel set in a town like Selma in 1964, "Southern Cross," which will be published in September.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, October 29
 

6:00pm PDT