NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The East Texas Historical Association will present the 17th Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture in September at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Dr. Quintard Taylor of the University of Washington will speak at 7:30 p.m., Thursday Sept. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, which is the oldest endowed chair at the university. He is the author of "The Forging of A Black Community: Seattle's Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era" and the award-winning "In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990." The later work is considered a standard in the discipline.

He is also the editor and co-editor of three anthologies, including the two-volume collection of primary documents titled "From Timbuktu to Katrina: Readings in African American History." His most recent publication is "Dr. Sam: Soldier, Educator, Advocate, Friend: An Autobiography," which he co-authored with Samuel E. Kelley, the late university administrator and career army officer. It was released in 2010 by the University of Washington Press.

In addition to his faculty and publishing accomplishments, Taylor served as the 50th President of the Western History Association, and he and a group of volunteer associates created an online website resource center for African American history,, in 2007.

The lecture series is named for Max and Georgiana Lale in honor of their support and beneficence. Max Simms Lale served as the publisher of the Marshall Herald-Banner and was a tireless advocate of print journalism. He also wrote extensively on East Texas history and served as the president of the Texas State Historical Association and the East Texas Historical Association. Max Lale passed away in 2006. Max married Georgiana in 1938. Georgiana Lale volunteered and supported historic preservation efforts throughout Marshall and East Texas. She died in 1982.

The East Texas Historical Association cordially invites the public to attend this unique opportunity to hear one of the nation's most recognized professional historians. There is no charge for the event. For more information, contact the association at (936) 468-2407 or