Library Welcoming Author and Alum Margaret Edds

The Merner Pfeiffer Library on the campus of Tennessee Wesleyan University will welcome Margaret Edds, Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m., for a book presentation tea and reception.


Edds is a distinguished 1968 English honors graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan and an accomplished author and journalist. She has published several university press books, has a forthcoming title, and is retired from a career in political journalism in Virginia.


Mr. Jim Thompson, TWU professor emeritus, and Dr. Vant Hardaway, minister, TWU graduate, and TWU board member, will speak at the reception.


Edds Reception

“I have studied five nonfiction books that are the work of Margaret Edds, a former TWC student, who graduated in 1968 and is now retired,” said Thompson. “Her 38-year career was in journalism, with emphasis on civil rights, politics, and social justice. Margaret is held in high regard. We Face The Dawn, her latest book, is a dual-biography of two distinguished black lawyers whose reputation led them to participation in the most significant legal case of the 20th century, Brown v. Board of Education. This should be in everyone’s history collection.”


The reception will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the Library Café. Light refreshments will be served.



Ms. Edds’ books include:

We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team that Dismantled Jim Crow, U. of Virginia Press, 2018


Finding Sara: a Daughter’s Journey, Butler Books, 2009


An Expendable Man: The Near-Execution of Earl Washington Jr., NYU Press, 2003


Claiming the Dream: the Victorious Campaign of Douglas Wilder of Virginia, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1990


Free at Last: What Really Happened When Civil Rights Came to Southern Politics, Adler & Adler, 1987


Forthcoming: What the Eyes Can’t See: Ralph Northam, Black Resolve, and a Racial Reckoning in Virginia, U. of South Carolina Press