Southern Cuisine, Civil Rights Author, Dies - Higher Education

Higher Education News and Jobs

Southern Cuisine, Civil Rights Author, Dies

Email




by Diverse Staff

John Egerton, an authority on the history of Nashville, Tenn., Southern cuisine and the early days of the civil rights movement, has died.

The Tennessean reports that Egerton passed Thursday morning from a heart attack at 78. Over his career that stretched for nearly five decades, Egerton is best known for his books, “Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South,” a story of Southerners who opposed segregation in the 1930s and 1940s and “Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History,” which inspired countless cooks to rethink traditional recipes. He also wrote two books on Nashville, including a 1979 history commemorating the city’s bicentennial and a picture-rich, turn-of-the-millennium look at the city.

Egerton’s work helped reshape views of the Nashville region. According to friends and family, Egerton, who grew up in Cadiz, Ky. And moved to Nashville in 1965, tried to find and understand the stories of uncelebrated Southerners, those whose names never appeared in history textbooks and whose traditions often were ignored.

Egerton’s passion for Southern cooking led him to co-found the Southern Foodways Alliance in 1999, a Mississippi-based nonprofit that studies food in the South. The organization issues an award annually in Egerton’s name, honoring activists who promote social justice in the food industry.

In addition to his wife Ann and son Brooks, Egerton is survived by another son March, a Nashville developer; his brother, Graham, of Cazzenovia, N.Y.; his sister, Anne McDaniel, of Owensboro, Ky.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.

Related:  NEA Calls for Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s Resignation
RELATED ARTICLES >>
Ky. Supreme Court says Gov. Bevin Cannot Cut University Budgets FRANKFORT, Ky. ― Kentucky’s highest court says the state’s Republican governor cannot cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature. The 5-2 ruling by the state Supreme Court on Thursday reverses...
Amid Scrutiny, For-profit Colleges See Enrollment Slide Some of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges are suffering steep declines in enrollment amid growing competition, new regulation and government pressure that led to the collapse this month of one of the industry’s biggest players, ITT Technical I...
Students Protest Racial Incidents at American University WASHINGTON ― American University students are demanding the suspension of two White students accused of throwing a banana at a Black woman in a dorm this month. An interracial crowd of hundreds gathered Monday to demand changes. Another Black stud...
Audit: Iowa State University Tax Expert Used School for Personal Gain AMES, Iowa ― Auditors say an agricultural law expert at Iowa State University collected $278,000 in speaking and consulting fees that should have been deposited with the school. A report issued Tuesday by the state auditor says Roger McEowen had a...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *