Most Cheyenne residents can’t fathom the hardships and disrespect endured by black Americans before the Civil Rights Movement, but Dorothy James Hayes can: she lived it.
Hayes grew up in the South during the Jim Crow era. She sat in the back of buses; entered establishments through separate doors than the other, lighter-skinned patrons; and drank from different drinking fountains. Later in life, she met author Kirstin Dobson, who has chronicled Hayes’ earlier years in "Gotta Keep Movin’ On: Dorothy James Hayes: Slogans to Live By."
Dobson will be in Laramie County Community College’s Ludden Library from noon-2 p.m. Feb. 18 for a book signing. The event is part of LCCC’s Black History Month activities. Copies of the book will be on sale at the signing.