Jeffrey S. Copeland
Jeffrey S. Copeland, head of the English department at the University of Northern Iowa, will read from Olivia’s Story, the riveting account of the 1948 landmark supreme court case, Shelley v. Kramer. The story is told through the voice of Olivia Merriweather Perkins as she challenges St. Louis’ covenant of “whites only” neighborhoods. Olivia’s Story takes the reader into a different, possibly more vital time and reminds us that dreams can have power if we are willing to fight for them.
Listen to an audio recodring of this reading here