McKinney Wins Connor Award for Outstanding Article


Charles McKinney, Associate Professor of History, is the winner of the 2011 RDW Connor Award for the outstanding article in the North Carolina Historical Review.

McKinney’s essay, “Multiple Fronts: The Struggle for Black Educational and Political Equality in Wilson, North Carolina, 1941-1953,” was published in January 2011 in volume 88 of the journal. The article grows out of McKinney’s research on the Civil Rights Movement in Wilson, North Carolina and chronicles the variety of ways in which civil rights activists worked for “greater freedom” in the decade before the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Prof. McKinney has been invited to attend the Historical Society of North Carolina’s annual meeting in Charlotte in October to receive the award, which carries a cash prize. He will also be recognized at the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association later in the year. Sponsored by the Historical Society, the Connor Award has been given annually since 1953, and McKinney joins a long line of distinguished winners whose ranks include Paul Conkin (1955), Paul Escott (1989), and Glenda Gilmore (1991).

The North Carolina Historical Review, established in 1924, is one of the South’s oldest and most prestigious historical journals.