2020 Festival Great Southern Writer is Osha Gray Davidson, author of “The Best of Enemies, Race and Redemption in the New South.” His featured show will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 4.
Osha Gray Davidson is the author of The Best of Enemies, Race and Redemption in the New South. The book is a page-turning account of the unlikely friendship between Ann Atwater, an African American activist in Durham, North Carolina, and C.P. Ellis, a local member of the Ku Klux Klan. Davidson’s book is now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell in the leading roles. The film premiered in April of 2019.
Osha Gray Davidson is a storyteller of the non-fiction variety using words, images, and sounds – online, in books and magazines, or in theaters. He creates podcasts, photography, blogs, lectures, and research to tell the stories he thinks are important.
As the author of eight books, Davidson has been honored by the New York Times Book Review, New York Public Library, Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment, Heinrich Bὄll Foundation of Berlin and his book, The Best of Enemies was chosen as the selected book by both NCCU and Durham Reads. Davidson and his wife currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona and are on the road with speaking engagement throughout the year.