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John Kirk: “What is the Civil Rights Movement?”
February 4 @ 7:00 pm
To mark the publication of his ninth book, The Civil Rights Movement: A Documentary Reader (New York and London: Wiley, 2019), Kirk reflects on the ways in which historians’ approaches to and understandings of the civil rights movement have changed since the 1960s. Initially focusing on the 1950s and 1960s, and on the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights studies have expanded chronologically and thematically to paint a very different picture of a black struggle for freedom and equality. This talk outlines and examines the nature and context of those changes, and assesses how historians view the civil rights movement today.
Evenings with History, Sponsored by the University History Institute and the Department of History.