Join us for a powerful discussion with Julian Bond, Eric Foner, Leslie M. Harris, and Charles Reagan Wilson as they explore the past and its legacy, connecting issues raised by the Civil War with the key concerns of the Civil Rights Movement. How can these lessons from the past offer context, and even promise, as we plan for a future together?
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From his civil rights and anti-war activism in the 1960s to his support for gay rights in the new millennium, Julian Bond has been on the cutting edge of social change. As an activist, he has faced jail for his convictions, most recently for protesting the Keystone Pipeline. As a professor, he has taught at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, American University, and is a Professor Emeritus in the History Department at the University of Virginia.
While a student at Morehouse College over forty years ago, he co-founded The Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), the Atlanta University Center student civil rights organization, the Atlanta student sit-in and anti-segregation organization, as well as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). COAHR directed three years of non-violent anti-segregation protests that won integration of Atlanta’s movie theaters, lunch counters, and parks. Bond was arrested for the first time for sitting-in at the then-segregated cafeteria at Atlanta City Hall.
Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and is one of this country’s most prominent historians. He is one of only two persons to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians, and one of a handful to have won the Bancroft and Pulitzer Prizes in the same year. Professor Foner’s publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history, and the history of American race relations. His best-known books are: Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party Before the Civil War, Tom Paine and Revolutionary America, Nothing But Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, and The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.
Leslie M. Harris is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of the award-winning In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 and co-editor with Ira Berlin of Slavery in New York, which accompanied the groundbreaking New-York Historical Society exhibition of the same name. She recently completed Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, co-edited with Daina Ramey Berry and in collaboration with Telfair Museums of Savannah. Harris is currently working on a number of book projects: a book on late-twentieth century New Orleans; co-edited volumes on slavery and the university and slavery and sexuality, and two books on slavery and manhood in the antebellum South.
Charles Reagan Wilson is professor emeritus at the University of Mississippi, where he taught thirty-three years, serving as Kelly Gene Cook Sr. Chair of History and Professor of Southern Studies. He was director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture from 1998 to 2007, coeditor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (1989), and general editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2006-2014). Trained in American history at the University of Texas at Austin, Wilson is the author of three studies of religion in the South: Baptized in Blood (1980), Judgment and Grace in Dixie (1996), and Flashes of a Southern Spirit (2012). He has edited a dozen other books on the American South’s cultural history, as well as directing many conferences on the region’s history. He is editor of the New Directions in Southern Studies book series at the University of North Carolina Press and is coeditor of the forthcoming Mississippi Encyclopedia.
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