Apr 9 – Lecture: Student Activism During the Civil Rights Movement

Write the Vision, Make It Plain:
Narrative and Counter Narrative as a Prelude to the Black Student Movement

On April 9th the African American Studies program at the College of Charleston will host its 5th annual Emerging Scholar lecture. This year, the program is pleased to welcome Jelani M. Favors of Clayton State University. Dr. Favors will be discussing student activism during the Civil Rights Movement, specifically at historically Black colleges and universities. This lecture will continue a dialogue which was started in September when we welcomed Dr. Ibram Kendi to present “Black Students and Black Studies: A Founding History, 1966-1970,” and which leads into the 2015-2016 College Reads! selection of Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Jelani M. Favors, earned his Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University in 2006, where his research interests included the Civil Rights Movement, student activism, and the history of African-American education. During the 2013-2014 academic year he served as a Humanities Writ Large Fellow and Visiting Faculty member in the African American Studies Department at Duke University where he finalized his first manuscript, Shelter in a Time of Storm: Black Colleges and the Long History of Student Activism. In this same year, Dr. Favors also served as the Associate Instructor of “Citizenship and Freedom: The Civil Rights Era” at the University of Baltimore. Dr. Favors co-taught the course, which was offered as both a traditional and online class, with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Taylor Branch.

Dr. Favors’s research has been recognized as belonging to the avant-garde of scholarship examining the long movement for civil rights. In addition to his most recent fellowship at Duke, he was also selected as the inaugural recipient of the Carnegie Mellon HBCU Fellowship at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Center at Duke University in 2008-2009. Additionally, he has been invited to present his research at academic conferences and symposiums across the country.

If You Go:
Day: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Addlestone Library, Room 227, College of Charleston, (125 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC)
Admission: Free

Anthony Greene, 843-953-1018 (day)
Conseula Francis, 843-870-9514 (daytime, evenings)

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