McKinney to Discuss "Race, Rights and Redemption"

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02/28/11 | Dr. Charles McKinney Jr., assistant professor of history at Rhodes, will present "Race, Rights and Redemption: Lessons from North Carolina’s Freedom Struggle." Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall.

McKinney′s lecture is based on his recently released book Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina, which is a study of how this rural county built a grassroots movement that helped shape the course of the national Civil Rights Movement in America. His focus is on the struggle from the perspective of the local, working class. McKinney will sign copies of the book following the lecture.

"This is an important and much-needed contribution to African American and Southern history," says Dr. Timothy Tyson of Duke University. McKinney, who holds degrees from Duke University and Morehouse College, is a founding member and a senior fellow of the Jamestown Project, a think tank located in Cambridge, Mass.