Lee Descendant to Discuss New Memoir, Reconciling History
The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV, a descendant of W&L namesake, president and Confederate general Robert E. Lee, will visit the Washington and Lee School of Law to discuss his new book, “A Sin by Any Other Name: A Reckoning with South’s Past.”
The event, which will be in a Q&A format conducted by W&L history professor Ted DeLaney and moderated by law professor Carliss Chatman, is scheduled for Thursday, March 28 at 3:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and open to the public.
Rev. Lee is a sought after speaker and has preached from such pulpits as the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and Harvard University’s Memorial Church. He is the author of “Stained-Glass Millennials”, which explores the relationship between the institutional church and the millennial generation. His new book, a memoir, chronicles his story of growing up with the South’s most honored name, and the moments that forced him “to confront the privilege, racism, and subversion of human dignity that came with it.”
Rev. Lee gained national attention when he spoke at 2017 MTV Video Music Awards denouncing white supremacy, racism and the role the statue of Robert E. Lee played in the violence in Charlottesville. A graduate of Appalachian State, where he is a faculty lecturer, and the Duke University Divinity School, Rev. Lee is currently a doctoral student in public speaking and theology.
The event is jointly sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, the Student Coalition for Campus Change, and the Frances Lewis Law Center.