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2013 Symposium Keynote Address

Katherine Mellen Charron

Katherine CharronThe School of Journalism and Mass Communications is delighted to announce the keynote speaker for the 2013 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium: Katherine Mellen Charron, author of the acclaimed biography "Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark" (UNC Press, 2012). Katherine Mellen Charron is associate professor of history at North Carolina State University.

In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher in South Carolina, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment. In this vibrantly written biography, Katherine Charron demonstrates Clark's crucial role — and the role of many black women teachers — in making education a cornerstone of the twentieth-century freedom struggle. Using Clark's life as a lens, Charron sheds valuable new light on southern black women's activism in national, state, and judicial politics, from the Progressive Era to the civil rights movement and beyond.

Freedoms TeacherPraise:

“A beautifully written and meticulously researched biography. . . . An essential addition to the growing number of biographies of black women educators and activists….It challenges us to broaden our understanding of the development of the civil rights era, the definition of civil rights leadership, and the role of education in laying the foundation for protest and social justice in the twentieth century.” — The American Historical Review

"Deeply researched and engaging. . . . Charron's richly suggestive biography of Septima Clark will surely stimulate more work on the African American women who made the possibilities of the movement realities." — Journal of American History

"[A] deft narrative. . . . A compelling story about someone whose name may not be included as a leader in the civil rights movement but certainly should be." — The Journal of Southern History

 

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Dates

March 2013
21-23 2013 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium
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Symposium Keynote Luncheon
with Katherine Mellen Charron, author of "Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark"

2013 Farrar Award Lecture

 

 

previous symposiums

2011 Symposium Program (pdf)

2011 Colloquium Recap with
Keynote Speaker, Isabel Wilkerson

 

 

 
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