Last May, C-SPAN launched its “LCV Cities Tour” (Local Content Videos Cities Tour), comprised of video journalists visiting eight southeastern cities to record each area’s unique historical and literary livelihoods. Charlotte, NC, site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, was one of the selected cities.
Charged with “interviewing local historians, authors and civic leaders,” C-SPAN video journalist Tiffany Rocque interviewed Atkins Library Special Collections’ Katie McCormick as well as two UNC Charlotte faculty authors, David Goldfield and Karen Cox. These segments, along with other Charlotte area interviews, will air this weekend (Sept. 24 -25) on C-SPAN2’s popular show, BookTV.
Atkins Library Special Collections’ Katie McCormick’s segment included several of the University’s unique books and manuscripts, including a very small, 18th century basic primer for young schoolchildren, as well as an April 2, 1968 telegram from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to local activistDr. Reginald Hawkins, in reference to his upcoming trip to Charlotte. This trip unfortunately never occurred, due to King’s untimely death two days later.
Interviews will air multiple times during BookTV’s National Book Festival LIVE showing. According to video journalist Rocque, “in case anyone misses the showings, the segments will be available online at www.c-span.org/lcvcontentor C-SPAN’s Video Library at www.c-span.org/videolibrary. Her visiting blog, titled Charlotte Authors, Bookstores and Libraries, Oh My!, can be found here.