Randal L. Hall, the author of the book, “William Louis Poteat: A Leader of the Progressive-Era South,” will sign copies at a public reception from 4-5:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the Wake Forest University Bookstore.
William Louis Poteat, the subject of Hall’s biography, was the president of Wake Forest College from 1905-1927. Known as one of the most outspoken Southern liberals of his time, Poteat gained national attention for openly teaching evolution.
“A splendid story of an authentic North Carolina heroÖ A powerful figure in shaping public policy that continues today,” said William Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina, about the book.
Hall is assistant director of scholarships at Wake Forest.
Two of Poteat’s granddaughters, Diana Hobby and Sylvia Lowe, will attend the reception. John B. Boles, the editor of the Religion in the South series that includes Hall’s book, will also participate in the event. The book, “William Louis Poteat” is published by the University Press of Kentucky.
The public is invited to the book signing and reception. For information, call 758-5225.