HANCEVILLE, ALA. –Sallie Brandon, a Tennessee Children’s Home Society survivor, is scheduled to speak at Wallace State Community College on Wednesday, November 3 at 11 a.m. at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theater inside the Gudger Student Center.
Brandon was one of 5,000 children to pass through the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, a devious orphanage run by Georgia Tann in the Memphis area from 1924 to 1950. Tann used several deceptive methods to bring children into his home and then took them away. sold to other families.
Lisa Wingate’s “Before We Were Yours,” a New York Times bestseller, tells the Tennessee Children’s Home Society through a fictional character, and the book is Wallace State’s common reading for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Brandon, who has lived in Huntsville for 40 years, continues to help families of victims connect the dots to their biological roots.
“I was 45 when I discovered my birth name. It’s all in a name, but if you’re adopted you don’t know your last name, ”Brandon said. “I’m one of the few adoptees who remember Georgia Tann. I was almost four years old when I was sent there. His operation was human trafficking before it became a well-known term. “
Brandon added that there were other survivors living in Huntsville and the Birmingham area.
Brandon is a frequent guest at book club readings and has appeared on “The Today Show”.
His visit is sponsored by the Joint Reading Committee.
The Wallace State Joint Reading Committee selects one book each academic year to read across campus and its goal is to provide a common academic experience for all students and strengthen the academic atmosphere of the entire institution by focusing on a literary initiative each year. The main goal of the program is to have fun and read a good book, but it also encourages reading among students, creates a sense of community on campus, fosters discussion, provides a shared intellectual experience, and encourages dialogue. interdisciplinary.
Previous common reading selections at Wallace State include: “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythical Proportions”, “What Should I Do With My Life?” : The True Story of Those Who Answered the Ultimate Question “,” Cycle of Hope: A Journey from Paralysis to Possibility “,” The Art of Running in the Rain “,” Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival , and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard “,” The Fault in Our Stars “,” Zeitoun “and” Tuesdays “with Morrie.
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