Kip Armstrong Explores 'Sounder' Legacy at Kendal Hall


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Thursday, April 4th, 2024, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Book cover of the novel "Sounder." Young boy stands in field with coon dog.
Cover of “Sounder”

Kendal at Lexington is proud to announce a special event featuring Kip Armstrong, son of renowned author William Armstrong, on Thursday, April 4 at Kendal Hall, starting at 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Following the presentation, there will be a wine reception co-sponsored by C&E and the Kendal Marketing team.

Kip Armstrong will provide insights into the background of his father’s early life in Rockbridge County, which inspired him to pen the beloved book “Sounder” and several other literary works. William Armstrong formed a deep connection with Charlie Jones, who was employed on his grandfather’s farm and served as a Black educator at the Cedar Creek School in Collierstown. Jones’s profound influence on the youth of the county will be highlighted during the event, with Kip Armstrong sharing anecdotes and showcasing slides of the actual locations mentioned in the book. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from individuals who knew Charlie Jones and can share their personal recollections.

“Sounder,” which won The Newberry Award for Contribution to Children’s Literature in 1970, has captivated audiences worldwide and has been adapted into two film versions. In anticipation of Kip Armstrong’s presentation, Kendal at Lexington will host a screening of the Disney adaptation of “Sounder” on Monday, April 1st. According to Kip Armstrong and others, this rendition closely aligns with the storytelling in the original book.

Don’t miss this extraordinary event celebrating the enduring legacy of “Sounder” and the profound impact of William Armstrong’s literary contributions. Join us for an enlightening and enriching experience.