Wayne Greenhaw

Wayne-Greenhaw-In-Remembrance-PageWayne Greenhaw (February 17, 1940-May 31, 2011) published his first novel, The Golfer, in 1968, and went on to publish over twenty more books and plays of fiction and nonfiction. Wayne’s stories ran nationally in The New York Times and other major outlets in the 1960s when he covered Alabama politics and the Civil Rights Movement. He broke the story of the Mai Lai massacre in Viet Nam one day earlier than any other news outlet in the country; and for that, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard in 1973.

Some of his book titles are The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow (with Donnie Williams); The Spider’s Web; The Long Journey; and his last book, Fighting the Devil in Dixie (2011) which recalled his years on the Civil Rights beat in the 1960s and 70s.  His plays include The Spirit Tree and Rose and A Southern Lady.

Some of his other awards include the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction and the Hector Award. In 2006, Wayne was the recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year.