Bulloch County native, author and nationally recognized journalist Remer Tyson will deliver the 19th Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Emma Kelly Theatre inside the Averitt Center for the Arts in downtown Statesboro.
The free lecture is sponsored by the Bulloch County Historical Society, but tickets are required and may be obtained without charge at the theatre box office.
Tyson’s lecture is titled “Home from Africa,” and will focus on his recollections of growing up in Bulloch County in the 1940s and 1950s, his 41-year newspaper career – much of the last 16 of which were spent covering the African continent for Knight-Ridder newspapers.
He covered some 40 African countries and the Middle East, including the First Gulf War. He will also describe how he and his wife Ginny have lived the past 14 years in Harare, Zimbabwe, under the rule of President Robert Mugabe.
Tyson grew up in eastern Bulloch County, graduated from the Laboratory School at Georgia Teachers College and served as editor of the George-Anne newspaper while a student at the local college from 1952-1954. Two years later he graduated from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia where he was editor of the Red & Black student newspaper.
For their book, “They Love a Man in the Country” (1989), Tyson and his long-time friend and fellow journalist at the Detroit Free Press, Billy Bowles, spent three of their annual summer vacations in a beat up Volkswagen. They traveled across the country to interview some of the most influential politicians of the South. The book preserves memories of colorful figures that deeply influenced the politics of the twentieth century.
Tyson’s newspaper career began in Columbus, Ga., and he spent much of the 1960s as a political writer/editor for the Atlanta Constitution under legendary Atlanta publisher Ralph McGill. Harvard University honored Tyson with a Nieman Fellowship in 1966. Tyson began his long career at the Detroit Free Press and Knight-Ridder newspapers in 1970. He rose to the position of chief political correspondent.
As a political writer, Tyson covered stories ranging from the courthouse to the White House, including parts of six presidential campaigns stretching from Kennedy to Bush Sr. Distinguished reporters and journalists regard him as a mentor and friend, some calling him the best political writer in the country.
The Bulloch County Historical Society plans to organize one or two lectures each year. The purpose of the series is to present outstanding thinkers and authors who can contribute to the public’s understanding and appreciation of Southern history, literature, and culture. The Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Foundation will continue to sponsor the series.