Civil Rights at the Center of BB&T Series History Lecture on November 3

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William Chafe

WILSON, N.C. Barton College will welcome historian William Chafe, Ph.D., Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Emeritus at Duke University, as the featured speaker for the BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History, on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, Dr. Chafe’s lecture is titled, “The Long History of the Civil Rights Movement.” This program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend.

A leading expert on American Civil Rights, Chafe has devoted much of his scholarship and professional research to the topics of race and gender equality. The author of 12 books, his works include “Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom,” which won the inaugural Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Book Award in 1981. Other publications include “The Paradox of Change: American Women in the 20th Century” (1991), “Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America” (2005), and “The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890 to 2008” (2008). Chafe is working on an overview of the Jim Crow era, to be titled “Behind the Veil: African American Life During the Age of Segregation.”

Chafe earned his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 1971.

This lectureship is endowed by BB&T, and the evening’s sponsors include the School of Humanities at Barton College and the Wilson County Historical Association.

For additional information about this program, please contact Dr. Jeff Broadwater, professor of history, at (252) 399-6443 or ojbroadwater@barton.edu.

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