Into the Bright Sunshine

Join us to hear author Samuel Freedman speak about his new publication “Into the Bright Sunshine: Young Hubert Humphrey and the Fight for Civil Rights.” Freedman explores the journey of Humphrey’s life from a remote, all-white hamlet in South Dakota to the mayoralty of Minneapolis as he tackles its notorious racism and anti-Semitism to his role as a national champion of multiracial democracy.

Into the Bright Sunshine

With author Samuel Freedman

Monday, Nov. 6, 2023
6:30 p.m. – Program begins
7:30 p.m. – Reception & exhibit viewing

Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455 | Parking and directions

Into the Bright Sunshine book cover with photo of young Hubert Humphrey
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Freedman will speak to the extensive research that went into his publication, in particular the chapters that uplift Humphrey’s relationship with the local Jewish communities of the Twin Cities. There will be an opportunity for questions. Following the talk there will be time to view the exhibit “Symbolic Significance: Tracing the History of Jewish High Holidays and the First Day of School.” Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase copies of “Into the Bright Sunshine” from the U of M Bookstores, or bring your own copy. Sam Freedman will be on hand to sign copies.

About Sam Freedman

Samuel G. Freedman is an award-winning author, journalist, and educator. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and has won the National Jewish Book Award and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award. His columns for the New York Times about education and religion have received national prizes. He is a professor at Columbia University, and has been named the nation’s Outstanding Journalism Educator by the Society of Professional Journalists.



November 6
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota
222 21st Ave S
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