NEWNAN, Ga. -- A radio broadcasting pioneer will share his story in Newnan this week.
Don Whitehead will speak at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Carnegie Library. His appearance is part of the city's Sack Lunch series; attendees are welcome to bring lunch to the library as they listen to the talk.
Whitehead, 72, grew up in Indiana and attended Tennessee State University at the height of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. While studying for his master's degree, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and Whitehead put his hopes of having a theater career on hold to get involved in radio.
During his career, Whitehead got the chance to interview a number of notable figures, including Henry Kissinger, Louis Armstrong, Jackie Robinson, former Alabama governor George Wallace and several key figures in the Civil Rights movement -- Jesse Jackson, Ralph David Abernathy, Andrew Young, Hosea Williams and John Lewis.