author of Sanctuaries of Segregation: The Story of the Jackson Church Visit Campaign
winner of the 2017 Eudora Welty Prize
Carter Dalton Lyon chairs the History Department at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His Eudora Welty Prize-winning book, Sanctuaries of Segregation: the Story of the Jackson Church Visit Campaign, studies an important milestone in the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi’s state capital, where a sustained campaign was mounted in 1963-64. He explores its history, the attempts at interracial dialogue it inspired, and the efforts to stop the campaign by the state and the Citizen's Council, including forty arrests.