Author Janice Law made an appearance at the 10th Annual Alabama Book Festival. While there, Janice was interviewed by Rebecca Burylo of Montgomery Advertiser about her new book “American Evita: Lurleen Wallace”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
This was Janice Law’s first time coming to the festival. She released one of her books Wednesday, “American Evita: Lurleen Wallace.” Many in the Montgomery area are familiar with George Wallace, a former governor of Alabama who was an outspoken segregationist during the civil rights movement.
Lurleen Wallace was his wife. She too ran for political office.
“I wanted to write a biography and I wanted to write about a woman,” Law said. “When I thought of Lurleen, she was perfect. She was a woman who ran for office, but she was also married to a difficult and colorful man. She was courageous when courage was a dangerous thing.”
Law was a religious journalist during the civil rights movement and covered church gatherings in the South and thought Lurleen’s story inspiring. She hopes others are inspired as well.