McKinney Discusses and Signs Copies of Civil Rights History from the Ground Up


After publishing his first book late last year, Prof. Charles McKinney has been actively discussing his research and promoting his work.

In June, McKinney spoke at the Albany Civil Rights Institute (ACRI) at its sixth Monthly Community Night in 2011. McKinney discussed the history of the civil rights movement in the eastern North Carolina community of Wilson, the subject of his book, Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina. Previous monthly community nights at ACRI have explored the civil rights movement in Albany, Cuthbert, Shellman, and Baker County, Georgia; Lowndes County, Montgomery, and Birmingham, Alabama; and Chicago, New York, and other northern cities. To read the full press release, click here.

On Friday, July 22, McKinney will discuss and sign copies of a book to which he contributed a chapter. Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, National Movement, was published this spring by the University of Georgia Press. Edited by Emilye Crosby, Professor of History at SUNY Geneseo, the book highlights how the struggle for civil rights operated at the grass-roots level. McKinney wrote a chapter of the book on Fannie Corbett, an activist in Wilson. The talk and signing will take place at the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry Street in Memphis, and is free and open to the public.