Civil rights activist to deliver lecture Oct. 25

Civil rights activist Dr. Bob Zellner will present a lecture titled, “Wrong side of Murder Creek,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Hendrix Theatre at East Carolina University.  A question and answer session and book signing will follow.


Zellner was the first white Southerner to serve as field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He played a significant role in the civil rights movement throughout the 1960s. Zellner’s father was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Zellner’s newly released book is also titled “Wrong Side of Murder Creek.”

Prior to the lecture, Zellner will present to an ECU class in African and African-American studies, followed by a luncheon with faculty, students and administrators.

He is the first speaker in the New Horizons Lecture Series sponsored by ECU’s Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

“We want people to stop and think, ‘Wow, that’s a story I have to hear,’” said Dr. Lathan Turner, interim director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.  “The experiences, decisions and paths chosen by Dr. Zellner and others in that time period are simply amazing.”

The lecture at Hendrix Theatre is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Lathan E. Turner at (252) 328-6495 or via email at