Marcus Pohlmann to Discuss “Race Relations in Memphis Politics”

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Publication Date: 1/11/2008

Political science professor Marcus Pohlmann will take part in an open forum on “Race Relations in Memphis Politics” Saturday, Jan. 12. The New Path political action group in partnership with the Memphis Urban League is hosting the forum to address ways the local community and civic and political leaders may work to better improve race relations.

Pohlmann is the author of seven books including Where Have You Gone Horatio Alger?: A Convergence of Race and Poverty in the Memphis City Schools (University of Tennessee Press, 2008); Black Politics in Conservative America; African American Political Thought, 6 volumes; Landmark Congressional Laws on Civil Rights; Racial Politics at the Crossroads; Governing the Postindustrial City; and Political Power in the Postindustrial City.

Panelists will provide an overview of the political environment in terms of race relations from their viewpoint and discuss their political experiences in Memphis. The forum will also include discussion on trends in race relations relating to participation in political activities, opportunities to serve and voting practices.

The event will take place at the National Civil Rights Museum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.