The fourth in a series of six lectures by distinguished scholars, centering around the long civil rights movement in the U.S., takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Foundation Hall, home of the Ericson Alumni Center.
Dr. Danielle McGuire will speak on the connection between the civil rights movement and efforts to confront violence against black women in the Jim Crow South. She is the author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance, A New History of the Civil Rights Movement.
“Rosa Parks did not refuse to leave her seat because her feet were suddenly tired in 1955,” said Dr. David Trowbridge, associate professor of history and director of the African and African American studies program at Marshall. “She began her career with the NAACP in 1944 as a field worker. Her first case was the investigation of the brutal attack and rape of Recy Taylor in Henry County Alabama. Parks obtained testimonies and partial confessions despite a multitude of death threats. Although the six men who committed the crime were acquitted by an all-white and all-male jury, Parks was the first to force a number of southern police departments to investigate this and countless other crimes. By the 1950s, Rosa Parks was securing convictions.”
McGuire was the winner of the 2011 Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.